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.”
Banning Ranch News
MRCA Unanimously Approves
Banning Ranch Acquisition
Read the monthly e-newsletter of the Banning Ranch Conservancy covering: the great work of Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), the decision on August 3rd to hold the property’s title, the next steps for the property, and the future park planning efforts.
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.
BRC Featured On BlueDot Living
Read the article & interview with our president Dr. Terry Welsh.