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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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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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California supports national monument at Fort Ord

On February 24, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, sent a letter to President Obama requesting that the president use his authority to designate the Fort Ord Public Lands as a national monument.  In his letter, Secretary Laird talks about the substantial local, regional and congressional support for permanently protecting the public lands at … Continue reading »

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Next week, Henrietta Stern of FORT Friends and Gordon Smith of Keep Fort Ord Wild, will head to Washington, DC, to meet with federal officials to encourage the designation of a Fort Ord National Monument. From the Monterey County Weekly: Local activists head to D.C. to push for Fort Ord National Monument. With more than … Continue reading »

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A veteran’s perspective: Make Fort Ord a national monument

Mark Starr, program director for the Vet Voice Foundation and veteran of the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, expressed his support in an op-ed to The Salinas Californian, for a Fort Ord national monument. For many men and women in uniform, our country’s national monuments — from the Statue of Liberty in New … Continue reading »

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Outdoor Enthusiasts Want to Preserve Open Space

During January’s town hall meeting with Secretary Salazar, there was a tremendous show of support from outdoor enthusiasts who want to preserve open space in Monterey County by making the Fort Ord Public Lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a national monument. During the meeting, Steve Shimek, Executive Director for The Otter Project Inc., and the Program … Continue reading »

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Interior Secretary Wants President to Designate Ft. Ord a National Monument

From the Association of Defense Communities’s Defense Communities 360: Following a town hall meeting in Marina, Calif., Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said designating the former Fort Ord as a national monument would be the best way to conserve the site’s coastal lands along Monterey Bay. …Given Salazar’s track record with recommending closed military installations for … Continue reading »

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Californians Ask Salazar: Will President Obama Help Us Make Fort Ord America’s Next National Monument?

From Vet Voice Foundation: At the invitation of veterans, businesses, and the local community, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last Friday paid a visit to Fort Ord, a former military base located on the Monterey Peninsula near Salinas, California. At a listening session to discuss the future of the site, local activists called on the secretary and … Continue reading »

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