(AP) – Nearly 15,000 acres of the decommissioned Fort Ord military base along Monterey Bay is set to be designated a national monument.
President Barack Obama plans to sign a proclamation Friday that will protect one of the crown jewels of California’s coast and honor the heroism and dedication of those who served the nation in the 20th century.
It’s the second national monument created by Obama in his three years as president.
Fort Ord served as a training center for about 1.7 million soldiers from the beginning of World War I through Operation Desert Storm.
Now the scenic area is a popular spot for hikers and mountain bikers and home to protected wildlife and plants.