The continuing progress of the Banning Ranch property keeps getting closer and closer towards that "happy ending - and new beginning". According to Paolo Perrone, project manager for Southern California region of the Trust for Public Land,
$83 million dollars have been raised to date — $14 million short of the $97 million needed for the property.
The Trust currently holds an exclusive agreement with the property holders of Banning Ranch to purchase the land.
Conservationists have until April to raise the total amount and, upon doing so, will then be able to
convey the land to a public agency to turn the oil field into and be maintained as a public park.
Also in the news - Banning Ranch Conservancy executive director Melanie Schlotterbeck has stated "Two remaining grants are expected to be considered in 2022 and more information on whether or not they get the grants should be coming in the spring".
There are many, many Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, and even Fish that are thriving on the Banning Ranch property. For a complete list of the wildlife that fall into this category please visit the Biology page of the SNBR Website.
It is very important to know there are 76 wildlife species that can be found either on the Banning Ranch Property or in the vicinity that are endangered (Federally and/or State of California), are on the State Fully Protected List, are listed as a State Species of Special Concern, and/or are on the State Species Watch List.
Please visit the Endangered Species page for the complete list of wildlife that fall into this category. There are links within this list that contain detailed information about some of the endangered species as well as which species have been observed on the property.
Great Blue Herons, Hawks, and Coyotes are often seen and heard on the Banning Ranch property. The Hawk photo at the right was taken December 15, 2021. The photos above (Great Blue Heron) and below (Coyote) were also taken on the property.