[Newport Banning Land Trust] was created, funded and is composed of the developers that want to destroy Banning Ranch!
One important fact they left out [of the Indy’s July 17 article] is that they’re planning on bulldozing and grading the entire upland mesa, rendering it a virtual lunar landscape.
Around 2.6 million tons of contaminated soil would be dug up, creating fine particulate matter that will pollute the air and water. The earthmoving equipment will kill any wildlife.
This group likes to profess that they’re saving open space, but in actuality they can’t build on the lowland wetland. Instead, they are going to sell 2/3 of it. It will be destroyed under the guise of mitigation, where a project elsewhere had destroyed habitat and had to make up for it with mitigation.
Don’t be fooled by their pretty photos and fake conservation greenspeak. The real conservationists are the Banning Ranch Conservancy. Please contact them at their website or on facebook. They will be providing a free bus to the CA Coastal Commission hearing in October to fight these imposters. Get on board at Banningranchconservancy.org.