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Just last week, Vermonters in many parts of the state were still looking at the green leaves of summer, with some even browning prematurely due to a long span of unseasonably hot weather. But over the weekend that changed quickly, according to Mike Snyder, Commissioner of Vermont's Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation. His department puts out the state's weekly fall foliage report.

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Foliage season is always a busy time in Stowe but this season the town may see even more leaf peepers, after landing on top of TripAdvisor's top 10 list of U.S. fall foliage destinations.

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Vermont’s tourist industry is gearing up for the lucrative fall foliage season, and state officials are collaborating on new ways to help visitors plan color-filled vacations.

Not many states encourage a high level bureaucrat to leave his office and hit the dirt roads, looking for the first yellow and red leaves. But that’s how a blue-jeaned Mike Snyder, Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation is spending some of these early autumn afternoons.