The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites you to attend scoping workshops regarding the pending Fort Ord National Monument – Dog Management Plan. As you are aware, on April 8th, 2015 the BLM enacted an interim/temporary dog leash restriction on the national monument and promised to work with the community when crafting a long-term dog policy. These workshops will be just one of the opportunities for you to be actively involved with the planning. There will be other opportunities to provide feedback once a draft plan is developed and released for public review.
The purpose of these workshops is to provide a comfortable forum for community members to brainstorm together and generate useful information for the BLM to consider before a draft plan is prepared and released for review. The workshops are meant to be productive sessions to discuss key topics openly with others that will help guide planning efforts. At this time, there is no draft dog management plan to comment on.
Workshops are tentatively scheduled July 28th (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) in Seaside, at the Oldemeyer Center, on 986 Hilby Avenue; July 29th (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) in Marina, at the Marina Library, 188 Seaside Avenue; and August 5th (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) in Salinas, at the Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street, 2nd Floor, Monterey Room. If you cannot attend a workshop, feel free to send us your feedback directly to the topics that are identified.
Attached is some useful information to review before you attend a workshop. These materials will provide you with an overview of the workshop topics, and some background information we assembled with help from our colleagues at Golden Gate National Recreation Area who are also preparing a dog management plan.
Eric A. Morgan
BLM’s Fort Ord National Monument Manager