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Storms damage 'Cement Ship,' result in campground closures
With the current storm series over, California State Parks is working to clean up. Seacliff State Beach took the brunt of the impact. Waves broke off the stern of the S.S. Palo Alto, or "Cement Ship." News of the ship's deterioration was covered by local media, The Weather Channel and even the Washington Post. The beach also experienced coastal flooding, landslides and a sinkhole, which the County of Santa Cruz is working to repair.

The Seacliff campground will likely be closed for at least three weeks and all vehicle access to lower Seacliff is closed. Also, campgrounds at Sunset State Beach and Big Basin Redwoods State Park have reopened. New Brighton State Beach's campground is scheduled to reopen Thursday (today).
Waves tossed the S.S. Palo Alto to its side Saturday. (Video: KSBW Action News 8)
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park's Advocate Tree falls

After 10 centuries, this winter's storms proved to be too much for the beloved Advocate Tree in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. The tree, one of the last old-growth redwoods in the park, has fallen.

"This beautiful giant was over 1,000 years old, 39 feet in circumference, and one of the largest redwoods in the park at 253 feet tall,"  Kevin Newhouse of the Aptos History Museum shared on social media.

Storms toppled the tree during the second week of January. The public mourned the loss of the giant, with someone even leaving a bouquet of red roses on the tree's massive root ball. Learn more about Nisene Marks and Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, a non-profit volunteer organization that supports the maintenance and improvement of the park. 

In the photos above, the picture on the left was taken on New Year's Day; the two on the right were taken after the tree fell. (Photos: Kevein Newhouse/Aptos History Museum)

Natural Bridges recruits tidepool docents to lead tours 
Natural Bridges State Beach is looking for tidepool docent volunteers to lead tidepool walks for school groups and visitors. Student internships are available. Space is limited. Please call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8 or email for more information.

Docent training starts Saturday, March 18, and runs for four weeks. Training is held in the Visitor Center on Wednesday evenings and half-days on Saturdays.
Friends seeks new staff member

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is looking for a new Event/Administrative assistant. Applications are now open and are due Wednesday, Feb. 1.

This position supports our state parks and beaches by working closely with the Program Manager in the downtown office on events and assisting with general office duties.

Friends is an entrepreneurial nonprofit sustaining the legacy of our state parks and beaches. Through an innovative partnership with California State Parks, and by leveraging local community support, Friends funds educational programs, visitor services and capital projects. Learn more and apply.
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