Welcome To The Banning Ranch Conservancy
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.”
Join Us for Our “Learn What’s
Next” Virtual Presentation
Banning Ranch Conservancy is preparing for the next step now that we are on the verge of protecting the Banning Ranch property. Be the first to learn what our plans are. Details are in the event flyer. Both Board President Terry M. Welsh, M.D. and Executive Director Melanie Schlotterbeck will be presenting.
Register for this virtual event Wednesday, December 7th at 7 PM and submit your questions in advance too!
You Are the Reason We’ve Been Successful
BRC give thanks to individuals, community associations, and tribal representatives for helping protect Banning Ranch. In this e-newsletter, we feature a new art exhibit on the Santa Ana River Watershed, an opportunity to serve on the State Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast Advisory Board, and using Donor Advised Funds to support BRC.