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

  • 08.22.17

    Don’t Change Our Monuments – Friends Grassroots Network Open Letter To Secretary Zinke

    Dear Secretary Zinke, We are community leaders representing thousands of local citizen-advocates and volunteer stewards of America’s land-based national monuments. We live in and represent the gateway communities to these treasured places–most of which are part of America’s National Conservation Lands, protected lands that stands proudly alongside our national parks … read more

  • 06.30.17

    The Women Behind Monuments – Part 3 In A Series: Henrietta Stern

    Name: Henrietta Stern City, State: Pacific Grove, CA  (Monterey County) Position: Volunteer President of the Board of Directors of Fort Ord Recreation Trails (FORT) Friends What monument were you involved with? Fort Ord National Monument Why did you get involved? I love the Fort Ord trails and originally got involved … read more

  • 04.20.15

    Happy 3rd Anniversary, Fort Ord National Monument!

    Fort Ord National Monument turned 3 today. Since April 20, 2012, when President Obama designated this former Army base near Monterey, Calif. as a national monument, it has proven that protected public lands can boost business, achieve conservation goals, honor our military history and even, (take a deep breath), bring mountain bikers … read more

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