How the lack of fall color has affected tourism in Parkersburg

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - You might have noticed that even though we are entering the middle of October the leaves are still green in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
We took a deeper look into if and how this could be affecting fall tourism in the region.
According to the WV Division of Forestry, we are about 2-3 weeks behind in Fall Color which many people come to see from around the country.
Each year West Virginia attracts around 15.9 million visitors and sees a 4.5 billion dollar impact from tourism; a good portion of which is from the fall months.
With that being the case, Wood County which made 104.7 million dollars off of tourism in 2016 has not been impacted too much by the warmer temperatures.
There have been some decreases in attendance to Blennerhasset Island State Park which can be attributed to flooding earlier on in the year.

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