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OUR GOAL: 300 Members!

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

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, March 17, Sea & Sage Audubon announces Conservation Award for 2018!

The Banning Ranch Conservancy is honored to be the recipient of this year’s Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award. Please celebrate with us at Sea and Sage Audubon’s Annual Dinner to be held at the Mile Square Park Banquet Center in Fountain Valley.

Don’t miss this great event! We look forward to sharing our appreciation with our amazing supporters, who not only make it possible for us to work every day to save Banning Ranch, they work right alongside us!

No host Bar: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Program: 8:00 p.m. sharp!
Location: Mile Square Park Banquet Center. Free parking is available.
Tickets: $50 per person before March 1st; $55 per person on or after March 1st.

Reserve your seats now on the Sea and Sage Audubon website. Hope to see you there!



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.”


MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Saturday, February 24 from 1-2 pm:

“The Acjachemen Indians of Orange County Community Story project – Their Stories in Their Words.”

Cultural Anthropologist Stephen O’Neil reviews and discusses videos created for OC Public Libraries’ Acjachemen Community Stories project.  The program runs from 1-2 pm.  The cost is free.  Directions and additional info.

Venue:  Laguna Hills Technology Branch Library / Laguna Hills Community Center 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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.