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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

California made history tonight! Thanks to voters and our broad, bipartisan coalition that helped make this ballot measure a success to protect our water, parks, and natural resources. This victory was only possible because of your support! #Yeson68

Posted by Yes on 68 California on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

We did it!

June 5th Californians stepped up and spoke loud and clear – we want to protect and conserve our open space! Thanks to All of you!!!

This is a great victory and creates a significant opportunity to provide the funds to acquire Banning Ranch. However, it will require a lot of hard work, time and patience. But it ought to be a lot of fun also. Are you ready?!”

Last year, the Newport Beach City Council voted to vacate all Banning Ranch development approvals, freeing us to focus on buying Banning Ranch!  Prop 68 will allow us to achieve this next great goal.

The Banning Ranch Park and Nature Preserve.  The dream is real.  The future is now.  Become a part of it.  Join the Banning Ranch family!



$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?”

Banning Ranch Conservancy wins California Supreme Court case.
“The unanimous decision was another major setback for the project, which was denied in 2016 by the California Coastal Commission.”


June 26, 2018: Banning Ranch Conservancy Board Meeting!

Come join us at our regularly monthly board meeting on Wednesday, June 26. We meet at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church at 6:30 pm. See below 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 preserve would you like to see on Banning Ranch?