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
Stunning aerials of Banning Ranch now available!
These beautiful aerial photos were taken by Fred Emmert, the owner of Air Views. Fred says this day was one of the clearest in years and resulted in these outstanding shots.
Would you like one or two to proudly hang on your wall? A donation of $350 will get you either one of these beauties, framed and signed by the photographer!
If you’re interested, please email us at [email protected].
Facing east toward Saddleback mountain
Facing north toward the San Gabriel mountains
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NEWS / MEDIA
Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating.’ One million species threatened with extinction.
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…