There are a few major stakeholders in the oak woodlands conservation planning that is underway. They are:
- The California Department of Veterans Affairs. In a productive collaboration among Veteran volunteers and allies, City of Seaside, Monterey County and the California Department of Veterans Affairs, a Veterans Cemetery was designed, funded by an array of donations and Federal, State and foundation dollars, and seated on former Fort Ord in Seaside and Monterey County parcels. In March, 2015, the groundbreaking ceremony for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) at the General Stilwell Community Center in Seaside marked a major landmark in the effort to construct what eventually will be a fitting tribute to the many veterans who have served our country. The groundbreaking was for a 17-acre development that includes 5,000 columbarium niches, landscaping, a memorial walkway and supporting infrastructure. In June 2015, FORA staff received a special request from the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) to assist their effort to meet oak woodland mitigation measures for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery site. The FORA Board agreed to add this assistance to the DD&A Scope of Services. Since then, the CCCVC held an opening ceremony October eleventh with the burial of General William Williams. DD&A is working with CDVA and FORA to ensure the most practicable off-site mitigation for Phase I.
- The City of Marina has approximately 2,130 acres within its jurisdictions of former Fort Ord lands, approximately 1,950 acres of which are development parcels. The City of Marina is working with FORA now so policies and programs are in place to meet the Base Reuse Plan vision for former Fort Ord in the development areas so that it retains the natural beauty and historical character. The main work of this co-planning process is Biological Resources B-2, which is not applicable to Marina. The Reuse Plan Policies and Programs pertaining to Oaks for the City of Marina are:
- Recreation Policy C-1 The City of Marina shall establish an oak tree protection program to ensure conservation of existing coastal live oak wood lands in large corridors within a comprehensive open space system. Locate local and regional trails within this system.
- Biological Resources Program C-2.2 Provide Development Standards for Development that Incorporates Oak Woodlands Elements.
This policy and program can be informed by this website, the public participation process, and the products of City of Seaside /Monterey County’s collaborative work. Therefore, two presentations of findings will be made to City of Marina — in Council and to a special committee.
- California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB) will be invited to review draft materials. CSUMB owns property identified within the area mentioned in Policy B-2, therefore they are an important stakeholder in designating an oak woodland corridor. DD&A will provide copies of the final meeting materials for distribution to CSUMB.
- Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) will be invited to review draft materials. MPC owns property identified within the area mentioned in Policy B-2, therefore they are an important stakeholder in designating an oak woodland corridor. DD&A will provide copies of the final meeting materials for distribution to MPC.