President Obama to Designate Fort Ord National Monument

Statement by Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Today, President Obama will designate Fort Ord National Monument through his authority under the Antiquities Act. The following is a statement by Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

 “We thank President Obama for his establishment of Fort Ord National Monument. In addition to protecting Fort Ord’s natural and recreational values, this designation also safeguards precious cultural resources.  These resources tell the complete story of this area, from Native American prehistoric habitation to early U.S. ranching and military history to present-day cultural use.

 “Preserving America’s cultural resources provides future generations with opportunities to learn more about our nation’s history, and it benefits all those who enjoy experiencing America’s landscape.  We encourage President Obama to designate more national monuments to strengthen his presidential legacy and preserve the rich cultural heritage of this great land.”

 

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BACKGROUND ON FORT ORD

Fort Ord is a former military base located in Monterey County, Calif. Created in 1917, the Fort Ord military base served as a housing and training camp for soldiers in several wars, most notably the Pacific Theater of World War II. In 1996, a small portion (7,200 acres) of the former Fort Ord military base was transferred by the U.S. Army to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan.  Once the Army completes a clean-up, an additional 7,450 acres will likely be transferred to the BLM.

 

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