The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is a non-profit volunteer organization that supports the maintenance and improvement of the park. The Advocates engage in a number of activities which support this goal. The park depends on support from volunteers and donations.
Join us! Every 3rd Sunday of the month the Advocates meet in the park for trailwork days. Meet at the main entrance kiosk desk at 9:30 am for refreshments and trailwork kickoff.
The park offers 10,000 acres of rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet. Volunteers and visitors can still find evidence of these logging camps, mill sites, and train trestles in the park. There are 30 miles of trails nestled in this second-growth forest, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or a leisurely stroll. A number of picnic areas are available with charcoal grills.
FOREST OF NISENE MARKS NATURE
When you think about animals in Nisene Marks, forest owls might not come up to mind right away. Bobcats, mountain lions, raccoons and such get all the glory. But we cannot forget our avian friends. Owls have been quite active lately since it is mating time for them. It always seems like such a treat to see an owl for we know them to be mainly nocturnal (like most species we have), very cryptic, and illusive. Nisene Marks has several owls to see and the best timing is early morning just after sunrise and at dusk before sunset. I have seen three different species here: the Great Horned owl, Western Screech owl, and the adorable Norther Saw Whet owl (my favorite bird).
While strolling around the forest don't forget to look up and around in the trees for a silhouette of an owl. Keep your eyes and ears open for hoots or screeching sounds. It will be a rare treat, one you will not forget. Barn owls and Great Horned owls can be seen in the dirt lot near the entrance to Nisene Marks near sunset and dusk so take the time to look. Also have a hoot and don't pollute while you venture into the forest. Enjoy the birds!
- Melanie Dominguez, Board Director