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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Toro Park students ask President for national monument

This spring, more than 150 third-graders at Toro Park School wrote letters to President Obama asking the president to make Fort Ord a national monument. A letter from their teachers talked about what a wonderful resource it is to have the public lands as an outdoor classroom for the students.

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Preserving our heritage by protecting Fort Ord

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) posted a guest blog from Gary Courtright with Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association, a chapter of IMBA. Gary recently was in Washington, DC for the White House Conference on Conservation. As an avid mountain biker, I have had the chance to ride most, if not all, of the 86-miles of trails … Continue reading »

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Community meeting to support monument – March 18

Sustainable Seaside and Sustainable Marina are hosting a community discussion about the proposed Fort Ord Soldiers National Monument. Sunday, March 18 from 2:30 – 5pm Marina Library 190 Seaside Circle, Marina, CA Many user groups and stakeholders will present information at and have information at tables. Groups include: Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association, Fort Ord Rec … Continue reading »

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National monument would boost local economy

From Public News Service, Obama Hears Pitch from Fort Ord Monument Supporters: Mary Anne Leffel, president of the Monterey County Business Council, says not only would a national monument designation [for the Fort Ord Public Lands] protect the valuable open space and its habitat, it would also boost the local economy. She says tourism already … Continue reading »

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Fort Ord monument backers get Obama’s ear

Several Monterey County residents met President Barack Obama last week and had the opportunity to express the  broad community support for the national monument proposal ranging from the Fort Ord Reuse Authority and business groups to veterans, recreational users and environmental interests. From the Monterey Herald: “[Henrietta] Stern said the proposal calls for designating about 14,500 … Continue reading »

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Local groups leads habitat restoration on Fort Ord Public Lands

Return of the Natives does it again. On March 2nd and 3rd, the group lead more than 400 hundred children and families in planting projects out on the Fort Ord Public Lands. The Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project (RON) brings people and nature together. RON is a community and school-based environmental education program … Continue reading »

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Fort Ord advocates attend White House conference

Fort Ord national monument supporters attended an invitation-only White House conference on conservation called “Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy” on March 2. Leading the conservation conference were Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection … Continue reading »

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Congressional delegation asks for national monument

This week, both Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer  sent letters to President Obama requesting he “formally recognize the Fort Ord Public Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a National Monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906.” The Senators highlighted the important military history, with more than 1.5 million soldiers having … Continue reading »

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