Plumas County leaf peepers wanted for fall color reports

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The Plumas County Visitors Bureau has launched its phenomenally popular Awesome Autumn campaign. As part of the campaign, the bureau is looking for foliage reports from local leaf peepers. Timely reports and photos follow the changes in leaf color as they happen across Plumas County.


Photo by Dan Nie/courtesy Plumas County Visitors Bureau

Already, the county’s fall colors have attracted coverage from the Sacramento Bee. This exposure follows on previous coverage by Sunset and Via magazines and The Associated Press.

A national online magazine, Our Amazing Planet, has featured Plumas County’s colors, saying “The array of colors from this region could make a box of crayons jealous."

The San Francisco Chronicle called the county “the state’s best bet for leaves in the fiery palette of autumn.”

From now through mid-November, the bureau invites all residents and visitors to help by submitting fall foliage reports and timely photos to the blog via the e-mail shown below.

The visitors bureau recommends the scale used by The Weather Channel. Because peeps, photographers and the media want to know the percentage of trees at any given location, it’s important to estimate the percentage of fall color at a given location.

The bureau is looking for exact directions to locations, firsthand, descriptive impressions of the fall colors and suggestions on what fun stuff visitors can do while leaf-peeping.

Leaf peeper e-mails should include the following:

A photo

Your name


Specific location of changing color

Plant species that are changing color (be as specific as possible)

Colors that can be seen (green, lime-green, yellow, yellow, orange, pink, red, auburn)

Percentage of color change:

• No Change (0-10% change) Only occasional patches of color, not fully developed. The predominant color is still green.

• Patchy (10-50% change) Some clearly defined color changes can be seen, but they are not yet at their brightest. About three fourths of the foliage is still in green.

• Near Peak (50-75% change) As much as half the vegetation has changed color. In the earlier changing trees, the colors are bright. Late-changing trees remain primarily green.

• Peak (75-100% change) Most trees are in full color. Deep reds and bright yellows prevail. Very little green vegetation remains. A few trees have yet to reach peak, but are showing very bright, well developed colors. These trees will peak very quickly.

Send your reports to the Plumas County Visitors Bureau at

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