"The protection of the Fort Ord area will maintain its historical and cultural significance, attract tourists and recreationalists from near and far, and enhance its unique natural resources, for the enjoyment of all Americans." - (President Barack Obama; April 20, 2012 -Ford Ord National Monument Proclamation).
The Fort Ord National Monument holds some of the last undeveloped natural wildlands along the Monterey Peninsula, over 35 species of rare plants and animals and miles of world-class recreation trails. The BLM is committed to managing this treasured landscape in a manner that honors the nearly 2 million soldiers who passed through the gates of the former Fort Ord, and those who were here prior to our nation's soldiers.
The National Monument currently contains 7,212 acres of open land that are managed by the BLM, and 7,446 acres that are managed by the Army and undergoing a munitions cleanup.
Once this cleanup is completed, the Army lands will be transferred to the BLM and available for public use and enjoyment.
Reuse of the former Fort Ord is guided by the community-based Fort Ord Reuse Plan that was prepared by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority and approved by the local government. The Reuse Plan strives to strike a balance between providing opportunities for economic recovery following the base closure, and preserving/protecting open space across the former 28,000 acre military installation. The 14,658 acre National Monument encompasses undeveloped former range areas and maneuver areas.