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 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a national monument.
Fort Ord has a rich and long history as a U.S. Army installation, with more than 1.5 million solders having served at Fort Ord from World War I to Desert Storm. The base closed its gates and became part of U.S. military history in 1994 opening up some of the last remaining open space in the Monterey Bay area.
The Fort Ord Public Lands, managed by BLM, support a beautiful and diverse group of plants and animals, including several plant and wildlife species that depend largely on Fort Ord for their survival. The area offers 86 miles of trail that are open for bicyclists (mountain and road), hikers, trail runners, horseback riders, wildlife/wildflower photographers, nature enthusiasts and search and rescue training.
At Friday’s meeting the community spoke with one voice in support of permanently protecting the public lands at Fort Ord as a national monument.