​​​​CENTENNIAL EVENTS in Fort Ord

​​This year marks the centennial of the Army’s presence on the former Fort Ord.  In 1917, the U.S. Army purchased about 15,000 acres near present day East Garrison for use as an artillery range for soldiers stationed at the Presidio of Monterey.  Eventually the acquisition grew to 28,000 acres and in 1940, the Army settled on the name of “Fort Ord” for the place.  Nearly 2 million soldiers passed through the gates of the former Fort Ord in the defense of our nation, and their spirit is forever alive and well on the Fort Ord National Monument and Fort Ord Dunes State Park.


We hope that you can join us in celebrating 100 years of Fort Ord during one of the centennial events we will be hosting on the former Fort Ord.  

The events include:

Honor Our Fallen Run:  
Join community supporters on Fort Ord Dunes State Park and participate in the Honor Our Fallen 5K or 10K Race/Walk as a “competitor”, “volunteer” or “spectator”.  The Saturday, October 21st event helps support programs for Gold Star Family members.  The Army’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program has organized the event, and the BLM and State Park will be staffing booths highlighting the rich history of Fort Ord. Additional information is available at www.facebook.com/honorourfallen10k.


National Public Lands Day: 
Join other volunteers on the Fort Ord National Monument and lend a hand in collecting native plant seed and performing other rewarding work in a beautiful setting.  Volunteers to the Saturday, October 28th event will be treated to a free lunch and entertainment following the work project. Check out Bureau of Land Management's flyer and map for more information.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact the BLM at (831)582-2200 or Fort Ord Dunes State Park at (831)649-2855.  We hope to see you there! Click on the fliers for more info:This year marks the centennial of the Army’s presence on the former Fort Ord.  In 1917, the U.S. Army purchased about 15,000 acres near present day East Garrison for use as an artillery range for soldiers stationed at the Presidio of Monterey.  Eventually the acquisition grew to 28,000 acres and in 1940, the Army settled on the name of “Fort Ord” for the place.  Nearly 2 million soldiers passed through the gates of the former Fort Ord in the defense of our nation, and their spirit is forever alive and well on the Fort Ord National Monument and Fort Ord Dunes State Park.​



ADOPT A PICNIC TABLE AT FORT ORD'S "LIGHTFIGHTER LZ" PICNIC GROUNDS

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​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 fortfriends.prez@gmail.com.



​NEW TRAIL & DOG RULES ENACTED
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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