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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 PEER program launching in 2023 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.

Welcome To The Banning Ranch Conservancy

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 Simunek 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 Joann 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.

Property Closed Escrow December 16, 2022!

An aerial photo of the Randall Preserve with the Banning Ranch Conservancy logo in the upper right. The upper left has an orange sash that reads: Escrow Closed. The center includes the phrase: Meet the new Randall Preserve.

Banning Ranch Conservancy is thrilled to announce that the property has closed escrow, therefore the land is permanently protected.

View the E-Announcement


February 2023 E-Newsletter

A burrowing owl stands on a post against a green screen. The top of the image says: Banning Ranch Conservancy Newsletter" and the edition: "February 2023." The logo for the Conservancy is in the bottom right.

BRC’s monthly e-newsletter announces changes to its Board of Directors, updates on volunteer opportunities and park planning as well as celebrating World Wetland Day. We hope to see you soon at a Volunteer Day!

View the E-Newsletter!

VIDEO NEWS

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.

NEWS / MEDIA

We Did It!

Press Release

The Trust for Public Land, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, California Natural Resources Agency and Banning Ranch Conservancy announced on Monday, December 19th that the Randall Preserve, formerly Banning Ranch, closed escrow on Friday, December 16th. View the Press Release.

UPDATES ON OUR WORK

NFWF Awards BRC $500,000 Planning Grant

Let's Celebrate! BRC is awarded $500,000 toward a $1.5 million dollar resource management plan for the Randall Preserve.

Over the summer, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation had a grant solicitation for its National Coastal Resilience Fund. It was publicly announced on December 6, 2022 that BRC was awarded $500,000 for the Randall Preserve for planning purposes. In short, this grant funds two plans: the Resource Management and Coastal Resilience Plans. BRC also needs to raise $1M for the remainder of the planning work.

View The Grantee List (Pg. 13)!

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