The mission of the Banning Ranch Conservancy is to preserve, acquire, conserve and manage the entire Banning Ranch as permanent public open space, park and coastal nature preserve.
The 401-acre Banning Ranch is located in Orange County, California, along Pacific Coast Highway at the mouth of the Santa Ana River, between the cities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach.
Banning Ranch is the largest parcel of unprotected coastal open space remaining in Orange County. The Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Vision Plan (Vision Plan) has been developed by the Banning Ranch Conservancy (Conservancy), a California public benefit corporation, recognized as a non-profit charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Banning Ranch Park and Preserve is envisioned primarily as a coastal nature preserve and public open space with recreational facilities. Despite 70 years of oil and gas production on the land, Banning Ranch continues as a rich ecosystem with an abundant source of natural biodiversity. Rich in history, Banning Ranch offers vast opportunities for education, exploration, contemplation, and a variety of visitor-serving amenities.
Some slideshow photos courtesy of Save Newport Banning Ranch.