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Preserving our heritage by protecting Fort Ord

Posted by on March 16, 2012

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 out at the Fort Ord Public Lands. As the father of five boys, I’ve watched each of them develop a love of the outdoors as we’ve taken rides along the rolling trails near East Garrison and progress to racing mountain bikes locally. My sons have also gained a real appreciation for the unique habitat out on the BLM lands when we’ve worked on trail restoration projects.

At the conference, the President talked about his experience taking his daughters to Yellowstone National Park for the first time and how protecting these special places in our country encourages this love and respect of the outdoors while preserving our country’s heritage. That is what we want to do in Monterey County by protecting the federal lands managed by BLM.

Read the full post.

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