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    Van Eck Tree

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    Lichen on Branches - Aptos Rancho Trail

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    Terrace Connector Trail

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    Terrace Trail Giant

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Forest News

Help us BUST the DUST!

Help us BUST the DUST!

Help us keep the air clear and the dust down on the fire road this summer in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, along with our partners in this project, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks hope to improve the road again this year using Dust Off, an environmentally safe dust suppression solution.

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Flower of the Week

Flower of the Week

Pink fireworks in the forest? No Clintonia is blooming!  Lots growing around George’s Picnic area with big dark green waxy leaves, tall stem and magenta flowers. Keep looking out for: red Columbine, small dainty pink Pacific Star flower, the small white with clover leaf Redwood Sorrel,  yellow Stream and Redwood Violets.  Look on the Vienna Woods, Westridge, Terrace, Oak Grove Loop, Buggy and other trails as there are leaves and blooms bursting forth. Look under Park Info tab, Flora and Fauna in Nisene to see and learn more about these amazing native forest flowers.  Coming soon…Tiger Lily!

Hike, bike, run and enjoy!



Porter House. Those of you who have wandered up the Loma Prieta Grade Trail recently have no doubt seen the interpretive panel at Porter House Site. If you're a long time county resident or even a recent arrival to the area, you may recognize the Porter family in the place names of Santa Cruz County – Porter Gulch Road near Cabrillo College, Porter Street and the Porter Memorial Library in Soquel, Porter College at UCSC and the Porter House Site in the Forest of Nisene Marks.  Read More.

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Porter House
Advocates Volunteers
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Park’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
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