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)