FORT Friends is a diverse coalition of organizations based in the Monterey Bay, CA area dedicated to protecting and advancing the Fort Ord National Monument, established in 2012. FORT Friends works closely with the BLM to maintain trails, restore native plant species and educate the community on the various uses and events that take place in the National Monument.The location and geography of Fort Ord make it a recreational paradise, therefore many of the organizations are associated with various uses, such as hiking, running and mountain and horseback riding. In addition, local educational intuitions participate to ensure the open space is available for students to study and enjoy.