Banning Ranch


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)
Document Title
Banning Ranch
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
To consider the allocation for a grant and subgrant to the Trust for Public Lands with the immediate succession of the grants to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to acquire 385± of land for the protection of upland and lowland habitat consisting of wetlands, vernal pools, marsh lands, arroyos, and coastal sage scrub that support both state and federally endangered species including the Coastal California gnatcatcher, San Diego fairy shrimp, Least Bell’s vireo, and Pacific Pocket mouse and; to provide for potential wildlife habitat preservation, restoration and management, wildlife-oriented education and research, and for compatible public or private uses, located in the cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach in Orange County. WCB Project Tracker ID: 2020073

Contact Information

John P. Donnelly
Agency Name
Wildlife Conservation Board
Job Title
Executive Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Costa Mesa, Newport Beach
Southern California
Parcel #
114-170-24, 114-170-43, 114-170-49, 114-170-50, 114-170-52 ,114-170-56, 114- 170-72, 114-170-73,
Other Location Info
Located adjacent to the southern bank of the Santa Ana River, just inland from where the river drains into the Pacific Ocean, in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, Orange County, California.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15313, Class 13 and Section 15325, Class 25
Reasons for Exemption
Project involves the acquisition of land for wildlife conservation purposes and the transfer of an ownership interest in land to preserve open space and habitat, including plant or animal habitats.


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