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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

At Fort Ord, Take a Walk on the Wildflower Side

  • April 5, 2011
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Areas of Fort Ord strewn with metal debris, including munitions and unexploded ordnance, also are home to some of the world’s rarest wildflowers and plants.

Impact zones that are closed to the public will be opened up next month to give 50 people a rare glimpse of the lush habitat native to the central coast of California, reports The Californian. The three-mile walk will offer hikers a view of one of the most diverse maritime chaparral communities along the Pacific Coast. The diversity of plant life along the former installation’s impact zones primarily is the result of microclimates, coastal fog and the lack of development, a testament to the Army’s decades-long ownership of the land, according to the article.

Hikers also will gain a first-hand look at ongoing work to clear the impact zones of munitions so they eventually can be opened for public recreational use.

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