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Central California District
Release Date: 03/28/14
Contacts: David Christy, (916) 941-3146    
  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-CC-14-32

Sheep Are Back to Work on Fort Ord National Monument

More than 600 ewes and their lambs are back at work, grazing on the Bureau of Land Management’s Fort Ord National Monument in Monterey County. The grazing program is part of a cooperative strategy to improve rangeland conditions in this ecologically unique area.

"The sheep grazing program at Fort Ord National Monument has a proven track record at reducing wildfire hazards, and stimulating native plant regeneration. The sheep have also been effective in controlling invasive thistle populations," said Eric Morgan, BLM's Fort Ord monument manager. The sheep will remain on the grasslands for the next three months.

With the return of the sheep herds, the BLM reminds visitors to be careful around the sheep. "Over the last several years, visitors have been very careful, and very few sheep have been injured from pet interaction"” explained Morgan. During the next several months, the BLM strongly encourages visitors to continue leashing their pets when near the sheep herds. Visitors are also encouraged to avoid riding bicycles at high speeds on roads and trails when sheep are present.

The sheep have become quite an attraction for many visitors to the Fort Ord National Monument, and the BLM is planning a special "Sheep Appreciation Day" event in late April or early May. A date will be announced.

For additional information about the grazing program, contact Morgan at (831) 394–8314, e-mail:; or Bruce Delgado, BLM botanist, at


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Last updated: 03-31-2014