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

  • 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

  • 11.18.13

    PG&E Partners for Conservation at Fort Ord National Monument

    A beautiful fall day greeted over 175 volunteers at Fort Ord National Monument in Monterey County, California on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The event was in celebration of Make A Difference Day, National Public Lands Day and a volunteer day for faculty and staff at California State Monterey Bay. PG&E … read more

  • 01.17.12

    Amazing show of support for a Fort Ord National Monument

    It’s wonderful to see a community come together to support an area they love, and that’s what happened last week in Marina, California. Nearly 200 people came out to a public meeting with Secretary Salazar to express their support for protecting the public lands at Fort Ord managed by the … read more