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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is hosting a fall foliage presentation by Dan Pittillo on Thursday. September 15th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room. This program is free of charge.

Dr. Pittillo will be giving attendees the tools for predicting the coming fall color. " In the case of the complex series that leads to fall leaf change, the variables far outnumber the certainties." Pittillo says. "For this presentation, I'll give the steps I use to come up with the predictions beginning with the spring growth of trees, summer rainfall, and fall droughts, bright sunny days, and frost. This will help the observers to make a personal expectation of the quality of color change to expect."

J. Dan Pittillo is a retired professor of biology at Western Carolina University. He taught general biology, botany, dendrology, local flora, and natural history courses for 40 years. His fall color predictions began in 1990 and continued through the first four years of this century. He continues to be sought privately about his predictions. 

For more information, please call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 586-2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.