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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. Banning Ranch/Sunset Ridge support a mix of coastal wetland, riparian woodland, coastal bluff sagescrub, shortgrass grassland, and vernal pool communities that is without parallel anywhere in Orange County.
There are at least six wildlife species listed as threatened or endangered: 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, Nature’s last stand.
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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.