News Release

For Release:  February 19, 2009    
Contact:  David Christy (916) 985-4474

Fort Ord Musical Planting Event Planned

Bluegrass and native grasses will be the order of the day March 7 at the annual Fort Ord Public Lands Musical Volunteer Planting. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

"If you love music in nature, come join in our 13th year of musical restoration of the incredible Fort Ord backcountry," said Bruce Delgado, botanist in the Bureau of Land Management's Hollister Field Office. "Local musicians will be serenading volunteers with live bluegrass music while we plant approximately 800 native plants to help restore Fort Ord habitat."

The plantings will help reduce erosion, reduce non-native invasive plants and support the growth of rare and valuable plants and animals historically found on Fort Ord.

Volunteers will learn to identify and successfully plant native plants in the backcountry of Fort Ord while discussing the role that conservation plays in the re-use of the former Fort Ord Military Base.

Follow BLM special event signs from Fort Ord's Lightfighter Drive entrance or Reservation Road at Imjin Road.  Up to 2 miles of 2-wheel drive on dirt roads may be necessary. Allow 20 minutes to drive from Highway 1 or Reservation Road.

Participants should bring durable clothes and boots, a hat and sunscreen. Refreshments, water and all planting supplies will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by BLM and the Monterey Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Contact Delgado for more information at or (831) 394-8314