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OUR GOAL: 300 New Members!

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.”

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Save Banning Ranch 20th Anniversary Gala!!!

Banning Ranch Conservancy is Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our effort to Save Banning Ranch and YOU are Invited to Join the Festivities!

Please join us for a delicious dinner, a great program with amazing speakers, awards, exciting announcements and inspiring music at a lovely venue.  Plus a fabulous Silent Auction!

When: Saturday. November 2, 2019
Time: 6:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: Marina Park, Newport Beach

What better way is there to spend a fall evening!
And what better way to permanently Save Banning Ranch!!

Watch for the Invitation, which will have more information and an RSVP.  Please click the button below to indicate your interest in attending, and show the proposed number in your party, including yourself.


Thank you for your continuing support. We look forward to seeing you at our 20th Anniversary Gala!

In Appreciation,
Banning Ranch Conservancy Board of Directors



UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’

Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating.’ One million species threatened with extinction.

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…


September 25, 2019: Banning Ranch Conservancy Board Meeting!

Come join us at our regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. We will be meeting at our new offices at 883 Production Place, Newport Beach 92663.

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?