The Fort Ord Public Lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), offer world-class recreation opportunities - more than 100,000 visitors come to hike, bike and ride horses here each year. It is also home to extremely important habitat for dozens of rare and threatened plants and animals.
While the Fort Ord Public Lands are currently managed primarily for habitat conservation and recreation, there is no guarantee that would continue.
There is substantial local and congressional support for permanently protecting the Fort Ord lands the area managed by BLM as a national monument to ensure public access for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and other recreational activities, preserving habitat conservation as a central focus of future management of the area and honor the rich military legacy in California.
Protecting the Public Lands
A national monument would specifically address the preservation of Bureau of Land Management property (federally owned public land), not adjacent lands.
Honoring Military Heritage
A Fort Ord National Monument designation will serve as a reminder of the triumphs and sacrifices that have shaped the United States and honor the legacy of 1.5 million soldiers who trained on these lands.
Preserving Recreational Access
As a national monument on the BLM portion of the former Fort Ord, the area would be protected to ensure that the public can continue to use the more than 86-miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and other recreational activities.
Supporting Health Economy
Permanently protecting the Fort Ord Public Lands would benefit the Monterey County economy. Tens of thousands of people visit the public lands at Fort Ord each year, contributing an additional $4 to $6 million to the local economy.
In Monterey County, the Fort Ord Public Lands have enabled the community to bring in nationally-recognized outdoor events, such as the Sea Otter Classic – the largest biking event in the country. In addition, recent economic studies have shown that protected natural amenities—such as pristine scenery and wildlife—help sustain property values and attract new investment.
Becoming Part of the National Conservation Lands
Should the Fort Ord Public Lands be designated as a national monument, it would become part of the National Conservation Lands – the 27-million acre collection of the most ecologically, culturally and historically significant public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These lands include National Conservation Areas, National Monuments, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Scenic and Historic Trails throughout the West. This designation would provide BLM with additional resources with which to manage the public lands.