Find the best fall color with DNR's social media sites

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Staff | September 11, 2013

Get ready for fall color—with a little help from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

This year, the DNR Facebook page will host a fall color photo contest and the DNR Twitter account will issue periodic messages about where tree colors can be found along with some science facts on. People can look for the rules of the photo contest, Wisconsin's Color Contest, on the DNR Facebook page and the DNR Twitter messages to start around September 12.

“We'll help you find the best color – and you can share your finds with everyone on the DNR Facebook page,” said Trish Ossmann, DNR social media coordinator.

Fall color is a big draw for both local residents and tourists.

“This is one of the most popular science shows running -- from curtain up to standing ovation,” said Carmen Hardin, a forest science specialist with the Department of Natural Resources.

While the annual fall color show is always a huge attraction for the thousands who flock to Wisconsin, and contribute to the state's strong tourism industry, Hardin says it is the state's forest industry that is the basis of the show.

“It's all orchestrated by Mother Nature using the state's 16 million acres of forests. When they're not turning colors for all to 'ooh and aah' about, the trees help contribute $2.6 billion annually in forest industry wages,” Hardin said.

For more information on the fall color, including why leaves change, see the DNR newsletter.

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