Banning Ranch and Fairview Park: Conservation and Restoration
Speakers: Terry Welsh and Barry Nerhus
Date: April 17, 2014 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
There are always plant related issues and efforts swirling around in Orange County. Here is a look at two local projects presented on the same night, one attempting to conserve a Banning Ranch and another to restore and improve Fairview Park.
Banning Ranch: Banning Ranch Conservancy has been involved in an effort to purchase and preserve the entire Banning Ranch as open space. In this first talk of the night Terry Welsh will update us on biological resources found in the Ranch, the Banning Ranch Conservancy's recently released Vision Plan, and a discussion of the Banning Ranch Conservancy's recent legal victory reversing the City of Newport Beach's 2012 approval of the proposed 1375-home development planned for Banning Ranch. There will also be an update of recent issues before the California Coastal Commission that have significance for Banning Ranch.
For the last 15 years Terry Welsh, M.D., has led the effort to preserve the entire Banning Ranch as open space. He formed the Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Task Force in 1999, and has served as president of the Banning Ranch Conservancy, an independent 501c3 non-profit land conservancy, since 2008. The mission of the Banning Ranch Conservancy is clear: The Preservation, Acquisition, Conservation, and Management of the entire Banning Ranch as a permanent Public Open Space, Park and Coastal Nature Preserve.