2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 23:42:29 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Fort Ord (CA) open space debate

New activist group fights to push development off the remaining oak groves – and onto paved eyesores – on the former Fort Ord.

By Kera Abraham
Monterey County Weekly (CA)
May 26, 2011
There’s a heaviness to Bill Weigle as he walks a slow loop through the former Fort Ord on a sunny April morning, past wildflower- smattered maritime chaparral, lichen-draped oak woodlands and gentle khaki-colored slopes cut through by a power line.

He usually clocks 7 miles a day here as he trains for a 24-hour, 48- mile Grand Ganyon hike this fall. And he once qualified for the Olympics as a long-distance runner. So it’s not fatigue that bothers the 71-year-old meteorology professor during a 3.5-mile stroll.

The occasional industrial debris – a pile of plywood at the edge of a meadow, a pipe fragment at a fork in the trail – serves as a reminder that much of this 28,000-acre expanse spent 77 years as a practice battleground.

Weigle, a veteran himself, is at peace with that past. It’s Fort Ord’s future that haunts him.


For the entire article, see
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2011/may/26/blighted- battlefield/


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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