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Welcome To The Banning Ranch Conservancy

Banning Ranch is located along the Santa Ana River where it meets the ocean.

Banning Ranch is located along the Santa Ana River where it meets the ocean.

Banning Ranch is a 401-acre area of wetlands and coastal bluffs in West Newport Beach where the Santa Ana River meets the Pacific Ocean.  It is the last large parcel of unprotected coastal open space remaining in Southern California, and is the central element of the proposed Orange Coast River Park, which, when realized, will achieve a significant linkage of open spaces and wetlands.  Banning Ranch supports a mix of coastal wetland, riparian woodland, coastal bluff sagescrub, shortgrass grassland, and vernal pool communities that are without parallel anywhere in Orange County.

At least six wildlife species listed as threatened or endangered have been documented on Banning Ranch: San Diego Fairy Shrimp, Light-footed Clapper Rail, American Peregrine Falcon, Least Bell’s Vireo, California Gnatcatcher and Belding’s Savannah Sparrow. In an era where nearly all remaining privately owned open space in Orange County is being developed, Banning Ranch is truly a gem and deserving of being called “Nature’s last stand.”

Banning Ranch News

Message from the President

Welcome to our new website!  Please have a look around and let us know what you think here.

We’ve been working with TLG Marketing, a great website development team, and we hope the new site will answer any questions you might have about Banning Ranch and our ongoing effort to save the property from massive residential and retail development.  We’ve also provided important information about the coastal resources of Banning Ranch and the abundant wildlife and plant life, which includes rare species and the native habitat they need to survive.

Banning Ranch is a coastal gem, rich in biological value and diversity and worth every moment spent trying to save it as a coastal open space park and preserve.

Banning Ranch is also the last unprotected coastal open space of its size in Orange County.  When it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT ALLOWS US TO DO

NEWS / MEDIA

The Battle Over Banning Ranch Isn’t Done.
“What’s the developer’s next move?”

Banning Ranch Conservancy wins California Supreme Court case.
“The unanimous decision was another major setback for the project, which was denied in 2016 by the California Coastal Commission.”

Thank an Environmentalist, commentary by Terry Welsh.
“Open space doesn’t happen by accident. Behind every open-space success story, there is a group of dedicated environmentalists.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

Supreme Court Celebration!

We’re planning a party for Save Banning Ranch advocates far and wide!  There will be champagne toasting and other goodies! Details to be posted here.

Banning Ranch Perimeter tours!

Enjoy a personal perimeter tour of Banning Ranch, plus a Banning Ranch T-shirt and baseball cap by becoming a Conservancy member at $100 or more.