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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

IT’S TIME TO SAVE BANNING RANCH PERMANENTLY!!!

It’s a banner time for Banning Ranch supporters! We halted the Newport Banning Ranch development at the Coastal Commission and in the courts—and that was just the beginning. This year, the passage of Prop 68, the $4 billion State Parks Bond, which provides funding for open space like Banning Ranch, puts us in striking distance of our mission to buy the land.

Despite these milestones, the developers have publicly stated their intent to pursue a new development.

Today, we’re launching our 2018 Year-End Campaign. We need legal specialists and professional fundraisers to ensure the successful acquisition of Banning Ranch. And listen to this! TWO VERY GENEROUS DONORS, WHO WISH TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS—HAVE PLEDGED TO MATCH EVERY DOLLAR DONATED UP TO A TOTAL OF $20,000!!!

DONATE TO SAVE BANNING RANCH!

Banning Ranch is free from development today because of your generosity and unwavering support. Together, we’ve made great strides to protect and preserve the land. Please make a special year-end donation of $50, $100, or whatever you can afford.

EVERY DOLLAR YOU DONATE WILL BE DOUBLED!

Thank you for your donation of any size—and Happy Holidays from the Banning Ranch Conservancy!

Donations are fully deductible under law. BRC is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT ALLOWS US TO DO

NEWS / MEDIA

An Historic Win for California’s Coast and Ocean

The passage of Proposition 68 shows that voters can and will unite to preserve our future and natural resources

$1.25 million settlement reached in Newport’s Banning Ranch development dispute
The conservancy that successfully sued to block the Banning Ranch coastal development in Newport Beach will receive $1.25 million in legal fees from the developer…

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 19, 2018: Banning Ranch Conservancy Board Meeting!

Come join us at our regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, December 19. We meet at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church at 6:30 pm. Scroll down for the map to the church.

We’ll be discussing the acquisition of Banning Ranch and its use as an open space park and nature preserve. The public is invited and your input is welcome! What kind of coastal open space park and preserve would you like to see on Banning Ranch?

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