About FORT Friends

FORT Friends is a diverse coalition of organizations based in the Monterey Bay, CA area dedicated to protecting and advancing the Fort Ord National Monument, established in 2012. FORT Friends works closely with the BLM to maintain trails, restore native plant species and educate the community on the various uses and events that take place in the National Monument.The location and geography of Fort Ord make it a recreational paradise, therefore many of the organizations are associated with various uses, such as hiking, running and mountain and horseback riding. In addition, local educational intuitions participate to ensure the open space is available for students to study and enjoy.

From the blog

  • 10.15.14

    Thank You Pacific Gas and Electric Company for Supporting Fort Ord

    Thanks to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG & E), there will be a special event celebrating National Public Lands Day and Make a Difference Day Saturday, October 25 at Fort Ord National Monument, near Monterey, CA. Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently provided a grant to the Conservation Lands … read more

  • 09.30.14

    Snow, Cold Temps at National Public Lands Day Event in California’s Bodie Hills

    National Public Lands Day Events took place throughout the National Conservation Lands around the country on Saturday, September 27th, but one event greeted volunteers with snow.  In the Bodie Hills in Eastern California, a coalition of organizations including Friends of the Inyo, California State Parks, the Bodie Foundation, and the … read more

  • 05.5.14

    Fort Ord and the Sea Otter Classic: National Conservation Lands Are Good For Business

    In what kind of utopian fantasy-world do business, conservation, mountain bike and equestrian interests not only coexist but prosper? How about at Fort Ord, the former Army base-turned-National-Monument on California’s central coast? On April 20, 2012, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to designate Fort Ord National Monument. The proclamation stated, in … read more