Please join us in celebrating National Public Lands Week by participating in one or more of these great Saturday events on the former Fort Ord in October of 2018. This year, we are working with partners on supporting community events on Saturday, October 20th and Saturday, October 27th.

The Fort Ord National Monument is all about conserving natural resources, enhancing and improving recreation opportunities, and honoring the military heritage of this special place.  The National Public Lands Week events in October all embrace those elements.  Join the celebration by participating in one or more of these activities:

Saturday – October 20, 2018:  Join community supporters and participate in the Honor Our Fallen 5K and 10K Race/Walk as a “competitor” or “volunteer” at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.  The Saturday event helps support programs for Gold Star Family members and is hosted by the U.S. Army’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program.  Please register in advance as a “volunteer” at, or as a “competitor” at

Saturday – October 27, 2018:  Join other volunteers on the Fort Ord National Monument and lend a hand in collecting native plant seed or performing other rewarding work in a beautiful setting.  Volunteers to the volunteer event will be treated to a free lunch and entertainment courtesy of FORT Friends at the intersection of Jack’s Road and Skyline Road (Lightfighter LZ) following the work project.  Please register in advance at    



​Hey Fort Ord trail users! If you've participated in events or rested at the "Lightfighter LZ" picnic grounds at the base of Trail 42 (Redrock), you now that the ancient picnic tables are in decrepit condition. To avoid future splinter, here's a chance to do something about it!


Fort Ord Recreation Trails (FORT) Friends, a 501c3 non-profit, is teaming up with                                                                              the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to enable you, your friends, or your                                                                                        hike/bike/ ride group to adopt one or more of the 21 tables that need to be                                                                                    replaced. Each table costs $549. BLM is willing to place a tag at the end of                                                                                  each table that says "Donated by" or "In memory of" your honoree. Five new                                                                              tables have already been funded to date.


BLM has asked FORT Friends to coordinate the Adopt a Table effort. If you or your group wish to purchase a table and be recognized with a tag, it would be best to write a $549 check to FORT Friends for each table with a memo that says "Trailhead Fund/Picnic Table" and indicate who the donor is, or who is being honored (20 character limit). If you want a written receipt (donation is fully tax deductible). please provide contact information. 

If you wish to easily contribute to this cause, visit the FORT Friends website to donate any amount securely via PayPal. Choose the "BLM Trailhead Maintenance Fund" option in the lower half of the donation page

Together, we can transform the picnic grounds for the benefit of all! Thanks in advance for your generosity. For questions, contact Henrietta Stern at

To help reduce conflicts, protect wildlife and livestock on Fort Ord, and ensure public safety, the Bureau of Land Management issued new dog management regulations. Under the plan, dogs will have established off-leash opportunities on clearly marked roads. Dogs must be on leash in all other areas at all times. 

"We believe this plan strikes a balance with the requests by dog owners for some off-leash opportunities while reducing safety hazards, impacts to wildlife and conflicts with other uses," said Monument Manager Eric Morgan.

Over six miles of off-leash segments are located on Guidotti Road, Skyline Road, and Oilwell Road near Badger Hills, and Engineer Canyon Road, Old Reservation Road and Sandy Ridge Road near Creekside Terrace. All segments are marked by signs.

BLM listened to users of the national monument and considered issues such as munitions hazards, visitation, vegetation, wildlife, and dog codes and ordinances of adjacent jurisdictions


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