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Tagged With: national monument

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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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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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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Veterans want Fort Ord protected

Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Vitali Mostovoj, from Thousand Oaks, CA recent wrote a guest column talking about how western voters across the political spectrum view protected public lands, such as monuments, as critical to their quality of life and called for President Obama to heard the calls of the local community and protect Fort … Continue reading »

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New Momentum for a Fort Ord National Monument

From KAZU (NPR for the Monterey Bay Area): “There’s a distinction to be made when talking about designating Fort Ord a National Monument.   It’s a plan that does not include all of the former Army base.  The proposal focuses on two areas of open space: the public lands currently managed by the Bureau of Land … Continue reading »

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Veterans support for national monument

Vietnam veteran, Gordon Smith, presented Secretary Salazar a VFW Post 5888 letter to Salazar from the local VFW (Post No. 5888) along with a handwritten petition from veterans – ranging from World War II to the Iraq War – in support of a Fort Ord Soldiers National Monument.

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Making Fort Ord a National Monument

From the Sierra Club’s Lay of the Land blog: A diverse group of people packed last Friday’s listening session, hosted by Department of Interior’s Secretary Salazar.  In the end, the message from the Secretary and the crowd was clear, there is strong support to permanently protect Fort Ord, perhaps as a national monument.  The U.S. Army … 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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Ken Salazar calls for Fort Ord national monument

From the Monterey County Herald: Monterey County: Interior chief calls BLM land ‘crown jewel’ Interior Secretary Ken Salazar ended a visit to Monterey County on Friday with a call to President Barack Obama to designate Fort Ord as a national monument. Conducting an informal poll of the audience in a town-hall type meeting in Marina, … Continue reading »

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