Fort Ord National Monument
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 24, 2012) — President Barack Obama signed a proclamation April 20 designating Fort Ord, Calif., as a national monument under the Department of the Interior. This action resulted in 14,651 acres being protected under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Fort Ord will now be federally protected and join the ranks of prestigious places such as the Grand Canyon, Ellis Island, and Devil’s Tower.
Burleson Consulting is working with the USACE to restore maritime chaparral habitat at former Fort Ord on lands designated as a national monument. Burleson’s biologists from our Marina office collect plant materials from former firing range areas to propagate species and restore habitat following remediation.
President Obama’s proclamation states “Thousands of veterans carry the memory of its dramatic landscape as their first taste of Army life, as a final stop before deploying to war, or as a home base during their military career.” Fort Ord operated from 1917 to 1994 when it was closed under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act, or BRAC. The proclamation notes Fort Ord’s importance to the local population by stating that…”By bicycle, horse, and foot, visitors can explore the Fort Ord area’s scenic and natural resources along trails that wind over lush grasslands, between gnarled oaks, and through scrub-lined canyons…Within the boundaries of the Fort Ord area, visitors admire the landscape and scenery and are exposed to wildlife and a diverse group of rare and endemic plants and animals.” It further includes that “This national monument will not only protect one of the crown jewels of California’s coast, but will also honor the heroism and dedication of men and women who served our nation and fought in the major conflicts of the 20th century.” Importantly for Burleson, former Fort Ord was recognized by the president for its diverse and special habitat by… “Supporting a diverse group of rare and endemic species of plants and animals. It is one of the few remaining places in the world where large expanses of coastal scrub and live oak woodland and savanna habitat, mixed with rare vernal pools, exist in a contiguous, interconnected landscape.”