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Join BRC's PEER Program

Become a PEER partner with your organization; volunteer for restoration & cleanup days; or support the program financially. Find out more about our 2023 PEER program with monthly volunteer events at Fairview Park and the mouth of the Santa Ana River. Do your part to create a more coordinated, unified restoration effort to the Santa Ana River coastal lands & waters.

Tribal Acknowledgement

The Randall Preserve is located on part of the ancestral homeland and traditional territory of the Acjachemen (Juaneño) and Tongva (Gabrieliño) people. While the Banning Ranch Conservancy is focused on conservation, restoration, and public access, we pay respect to these Native Nations past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the regional diaspora.

The Randall Preserve (Formerly Banning Ranch)

Satellite image map of the Randall Preserve, formerly Banning Ranch, along the Santa Ana River.

The Randall Preserve, formerly known as Banning Ranch, includes 387 acres of lowlands and coastal bluffs located in West Newport Beach near where the Santa Ana River meets the Pacific Ocean. The land was protected Friday, December 16, 2022. Fourteen acres will remain in private ownership as an oil remainder. Over the next several years, the Randall Preserve will undergo substantial clean up and some limited restoration to convert the former oil fields into a coastal park. During this time, the land will remain closed to public access due to liability issues.

With the protection of the Randall Preserve, there are now nearly 1,000 acres of protected coastal lands and waters that create a contiguous reserve system including the Huntington Beach wetlands, the Semeniuk Slough, Talbert Regional Park, Canyon Park, Fairview Park, and the Santa Ana River. Thanks to the hard work of The Trust for Public Land, the generous $50M acquisition funds from Frank and Joan Randall, and the stewardship of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), along with many state funding partners, this land is permanently protected from future development, forever. 

The Randall Preserve supports a mix of coastal wetland, riparian woodland, coastal bluff sage scrub, 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 the Randall Preserve: San Diego Fairy Shrimp, Light-footed Clapper Rail, American Peregrine Falcon, Least Bell’s Vireo, California Gnatcatcher, and Belding’s Savannah Sparrow. 

See something of concern on the property? Call MRCA Ranger Services at (310) 456-7049. If it is a true emergency, please call 911.

November E-Newsletter

A banner image with the BRC logo (bottom right), and the Banning Ranch Conservancy Newsletter | November 2023 in the upper left with a burrowing owl against a green background as the main image.
This month, the Banning Ranch Conservancy features several partnerships we are grateful for–and look forward to more! We also introduce you to three new BRC team members: Pam, Masai, and Peter.


Friends and Colleagues Celebrate Milestone Achievements

Frank Randall, Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, and OC Supervisor Katrina Foley among other friends and supporters send congrats to Banning Ranch Conservancy for its role protecting the Randall Preserve as parkland for future generations.

Explore Our Webinars and YouTube Channel

Watch educational events, news and updates for BRC, the Randall Preserve, and more.


Leave A Legacy

A flyer describing the Banning Ranch Conservancy Legacy Giving Program.Learn more about how you can use your retirement or estate to protect wildlife far into the future.


Image of the Santa Ana River coastal corridor where volunteer events will occur.


Monthly Events

Fairview Park Volunteer Days
Every 3rd Saturday 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Beach & River Channel Cleanups
Every 4th Saturday 9:00 am – 11:30 am