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Author Archives: Meghan

Fort Ord designation a monumental deal

From the San Jose Mercury News: Backers of the movement to designate a huge swath of the former Fort Ord as a national monument got a 14,000-acre surprise Friday: a resounding yes from the White House. The announcement came just three days after area officials made their latest rounds in Washington to tout the former … Continue reading »

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President Obama signs proclamation designating Fort Ord National Monument

President Barack Obama after signing a proclamation in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 20, 2012, to designate federal lands within Fort Ord, a former military base located on California’s Central Coast, as a National Monument under the Antiquities Act. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

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Obama to designate Fort Ord as a new national monument

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Fort Ord will become America’s newest national monument on Friday! President Barack Obama is scheduled to establish the new designation on Friday, April 20, making the sweeping former military base only the second national monument he has created since becoming president in 2009. “Fort Ord’s dramatic landscape lives … Continue reading »

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A veteran’s perspective — Fort Ord a treasure for now and forever

Chris DiMaio served as a Navy doctor in 1968-69 with the 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and Marine Battalion 1/9 in Vietnam. A member of Vet Voice Foundation, he recently asked the president to designate Fort Ord our country’s next National Monument. From the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Fort Ord was established in 1917. Generations … Continue reading »

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Monument plan would be a boon

The president of the Monterey County Business Council, has weighed in on the effort to declare Fort Ord a national monument: Designation of Fort Ord as a national monument would be a sound investment in our future. Tourism is the second largest industry in Monterey County. More than 8.5 million visitors come to the county … Continue reading »

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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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