California’s Fort Ord is now a National Monument

The Fort Ord National Monument, the 17th National Monument in the National Lanscape Conservation System, will honor veterans and serve as hub for conservation and recreation (Photo:

On Friday, President Obama declared Ft. Ord, the former Army base located just north of Monterey, California, a national monument.

The designation will afford additional protection to the 7,200 acres, which is managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The presidential action decreed that no mining or geothermal development can take place in the monument and called for the development of a management plan that preserves it in perpetuity.

The designation bars off-road vehicles, but officials said the 86 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails along the Central Coast will remain open.

Ft. Ord is the latest addition to the National Landscape Conservation System.

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) contains some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. It includes over 886 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert.