BLM AREA B (Northern Portion of the Fort Ord National Monument)

The map below represents current trail closures as well as Access Corridors. In the next few weeks, you may continue to see vegetation cutting operations and munitions removal in the vegetation cut areas.

Please be aware that vegetation cutting operations are moving further east.  Trails in work areas east of Hennekens Ranch Road are currently closed. The exception is Trails 61/62 – these trails will be closed only during active cleanup operations (M-Th 6:30AM-5:00PM.) Primary containment line preparation in Unit B and adjacent area on the north side of West Machine Gun Flats Road are now complete and the security fence is being removed starting September 18, 2017.  See map below.

Two of the Army’s 2017 planned prescribed burn areas are located in BLM Area B. A prescribed burn will be scheduled when an appropriate combination of atmospheric conditions and moisture levels in the vegetation occurs, and the availability of fire resources can be confirmed. Much of the northern portion of the Fort Ord National Monument will be closed to the public during the burn operations. Please click here for information about the Army’s prescribed burn program and to register for notification about the planned burns.  Following the prescribed burn(s) the area will be opened for recreational use except for active munitions cleanup areas.

To respond to community feedback, the map below highlights the trails that are temporarily closed for the munitions cleanup project.

Thank you for complying with the temporary trail and road closures while the Army’s cleanup operations are in progress.  After the Labor Day weekend, evidence of fence damages and trespassing was detected near several trails. The Army is enhancing the security measures at those trail closure points to reinforce the message that the closed areas are off-limits.  For your safety please Mind the Signs, and continue to call the Army’s information line (1-800-852-9699) with your feedback and if you have any questions.  Thank you.

Munitions related items recovered through September 18, 2017:
*Potentially Explosive Items = 182
*Munitions Debris = 9,078 lbs

Secondary and tertiary containment line preparation involved vegetation cutting along frequently traveled roads such as Eucalyptus, Parker Flats, Watkins Gate and Hennekens Ranch Roads. This work resulted in better visibility along the roads, improving road safety for recreational users as well as emergency service agencies.

The photos below show some of the current vegetation clearance work.  The first photo shows the “before” vegetation removal and the remaining three show the “after” vegetation cutting.

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