You Can Help Steward Banning Ranch

As the land purchase closing approaches, there are more ways than ever to help get the word out.

Tribal Acknowledgement

Banning Ranch is located on part of the ancient homeland and traditional territory of the Acjachemen (Juaneño) and Tongva (Gabrieliño) people. While the Banning Ranch Conservancy is focused on conservation, restoration, and public access, we pay respect to these Native Nations past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the regional diaspora.

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

A hand with a blue glove reaches to pick up two cans on the beach. The right side is a green block that reads: "Volunteers Needed! Coastal Clean Up Sat., Sept. 17 from 9-12"

A Look Back As We Head Into the Future

We give thanks to the many board members and key staff that helped get the Banning Ranch Conservancy to where it is today! Read the monthly e-newsletter of the Banning Ranch Conservancy covering: a new board member, the Sept. 17th Coastal Clean Up, and the oil remediation process.

View the E-Newsletter

Public Testimony for the
Preservation of Banning Ranch

If you would like to hear some of the speeches by acquisition leaders, click on the links to download the media file.



Wildlife Conservation Board Fully Funds Acquisition

View the joint press release issued by The Trust for Public Land and the Banning Ranch Conservancy announcing the Banning Ranch acquisition is fully funded. View the Press Release >>


BRC coastal cleanup day at Tower 61, Newport Beach

California CoastKeeper Beach Cleanup Day

Register today for our yearly participation at the beach cleanup, Saturday September 17.

Join your fellow environmentalists at our booth in Newport Beach to pick up trash and learn about how to reduce human impact on the ocean.