BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 556

Fort Ord National Monument Celebrates Partners National Make A Difference Day 2012

a boy digs up a weed
Volunteers dug up weeds (above) ...
... and collected seeds from native plants for habitat restoration (below)
young people pick seeds from native plants

More than 100 veterans, recreationists, and nature enthusiasts joined the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Fort Ord National Monument during National Make A Difference Day on October 27, 2012.   Those that attended helped with service projects, or enjoyed a guided sneak peek tour into future Monument lands administered by the U.S. Army.  The event was co-hosted by the Army Base Realignment and Closure Office, Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association (MORCA), Bicycle Equestrian Trail Assistance team (BETA), and Fort Ord Recreation Trail Friends (FORT Friends).

The sunny day was enjoyed by young and old, and culminated with an award ceremony where the BLM’s Fort Ord National Monument Manager, Eric Morgan, recognized a few of the outstanding partners who contributed during 2012.

Below, the California Conservation Corps (CCC) – Pacific District, was recognized for a tremendous effort restoring a one mile segment of El Toro Creek at Fort Ord.  Corps members planted about 15,000 willow cuttings to stabilize an eroding creek bank using funds that the CCC secured under Proposition 84.  Center Directors Brenda Herman and Janet Wohlgemuth were praised for their herculean efforts in leading crews in this effort.

 a group of youth pose around an award

Below, Henrietta Stern, President of FORT Friends, Secretary of MORCA, and an avid volunteer, was recognized for her outstanding contributions on Fort Ord throughout the year.  Henrietta has been a tremendous ambassador of Fort Ord and involved with many volunteer efforts throughout the year.  On March 2nd, 2012 Henrietta was among a delegation of local citizens that travelled to Washington D.C. to meet President Obama and encourage the President to designate BLM administered lands at Fort Ord as a National Monument. 

presentation of an award in an outdoor setting

Below, Tom Snyder of Salinas Union High School District’s Transition Program, and Jacob Borges, a former student in the program, were recognized for the outstanding in the Creekside Terrace Trailhead area.  Students in the Transition Program helped maintain landscaping islands at the popular BLM trailhead, and take care of trails in the area.

a group holds their award

Below, Gail Youngblood of the Army Base Realignment and Closure Office at Fort Ord, was recognized for her leadership in the munitions cleanup of Fort Ord.  Gail has led the munitions cleanup program of Fort Ord since base closure in 1994 and will be retiring in a few months.  Thanks for your tremendous leadership Gail.

a man presents framed art to a woman

a man greets a hikers
BLM Fort Ord National Monument Manager Eric Morgan greets hikers.

a band plays outside
The band played on at a noon barbecue.

-Eric A. Morgan, BLM's Fort Ord National Monument Manager (October 2012)

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