Foliage reports going high-tech

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Leaf peepers headed to northern New England this fall can keep up with the hues with cell phone alerts, e-mail and computerized maps that predict where the colors will be.

Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont all have official Web sites highlighting the popular and lucrative fall foliage season, which draws camera-toting visitors from all over the world. All the states offer regular foliage reports, promote fall events, make it easy to book rooms, suggest best routes and help visitors try to make sure they arrive at just the right time.

Vermont and New Hampshire offer maps on their Web sites that predict the colors on specific days or weeks. Maine has a map of current conditions.

And all three states say the colors are beginning, mostly at high elevation or in swampy areas in the northernmost areas.

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