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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 10/13/09
Contacts: David Christy (BLM) , 916-941-4136  
  Melissa Broadston (BRAC) , 831-393-1284  
  Laura Baldwin (FORA) , 831-883-3672  
News Release No. CA-CC-10-03

National Public Lands Day Event Planned For Fort Ord


Three agencies involved in managing lands at Fort Ord will host volunteer events Oct. 24 in honor of National Public Lands Day.

The free, family-friendly, event is co-sponsored by the Army’s Base Realignment and Closure Office, the Bureau of Land Management and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement Remediation Program.

“National Public Lands Day is a nationwide celebration where citizens can show their appreciation for public lands and parks, and lend a hand in improving their condition,” said Eric Morgan, Bureau of Land Management Fort Ord Public Lands manager. “We are pleased to sponsor NPLD events at Fort Ord for the eighth year.”

“We look forward to co-sponsoring the National Public Lands Day with the BLM and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority.  This is a great opportunity for the community to come out, have some fun, and participate in several projects that help restore the habitat at the former Fort Ord,” said Bill Collins, U.S. Army Fort Ord Base Realignment and Closure Office wildlife biologist.

“National Public Lands Day is a wonderful opportunity for the public to enjoy the natural beauty of the former Fort Ord while also helping to keep the back country trails clean and safe. We are pleased to be able to coordinate our portion with BLM and the Army.  With the help of groups such as the Fort Users Working Group, Monterey County Illegal Dumping Task Force, California State University Monterey Bay, Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association, Monterey Search and Rescue Dogs and many others, we look forward to providing a rewarding and fun-filled day for the local community,” said Stan Cook, FORA ESCA Remediation Program manager.

The following volunteer projects will start at 9 a.m.:

• Restore maritime chaparral habitat with a straw and seed throw – Army lands
• Help conduct trail repairs – BLM lands
• Clean up illegal dumping and litter in the Happy Trails Area – FORA lands*
• Collect native seeds for the winter planting season – BLM lands

Gloves and water will be provided. Wear work clothes (maybe a hat). Please leave pets at home.

Volunteers interested in helping to clean up the Happy Trails Area should contact the FORA ESCA Hotline (831) 883-3506 in advance to register for that work project or send an interest email to esca@fora.org. Volunteer projects on the BLM lands and Army lands do not require advance registration – just show up at 9 a.m.

Volunteers interested in helping with trail repairs, habitat restoration and native seed collection should meet at the intersection of 8th Ave. and Gigling Road for additional directions. Volunteers interested in helping to clean up illegal dumping at the Happy Trails Area should meet at the eastern end of Inter-Garrison Road near the Schoonover Road intersection.

Following the volunteer work projects, lunch will be provided at the BLM picnic site at the intersection of Jacks and Skyline roads. There will be food, entertainment and music from noon to 3 p.m. For further information on National Public Lands Day, visit: http://www.publiclandsday.org/ or call the BLM Fort Ord office at (831)394-8314.

National Public Lands Day is the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America's public lands. The purpose of this event is to improve the recreational facilities, preserve the biological and heritage resources, and foster public involvement in the stewardship of public lands.




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Last updated: 10-13-2009