Newport Banning Land Trust Hosts Community Picnic

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Newport Banning Land Trust nursery plants — Photo courtesy Newport Banning Land Trust
Newport Banning Land Trust nursery plants
— Photo courtesy Newport Banning Land Trust

The Newport Banning Land Trust will host a free community picnic at its native plant nursery adjacent to their office on 17th Street in Costa Mesa on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The focal point of the picnic is the recently completed native plant nursery where various species including Buckwheat, Goldenbush, Tarplant and Telegraph Wee, are currently growing from seeds that were collected on Newport Banning Ranch.

Seeds are continually added to the nursery with monthly volunteer seed collection events. Ultimately the grown plants will be re-planted on Newport Banning Ranch as part of the restoration program for the land. The nursery will accommodate 2,500 plants; currently more than 1,200 plants are growing.

The nursery was designed and developed with assistance from a group of graduate students from Cal Poly Pomona as a project for their Ecosystematic Design class, and built by local volunteers on Earth Day 2015. All materials for construction of the nursery were donated.

The Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa will provide the food and beverages for the Community Picnic. Local leaders including Newport Beach Mayor Ed Selich will serve the beverages. All gratuities will be donated to the NBLT’s Field Science education program.

The Field Science program was launched with Huntington Beach High School in a pilot program that was completed in June. Newport Banning Land Trust is working with the

Newport Mesa Unified School District to develop a similar program for Newport Beach and Costa Mesa schools.

“We are excited to host the community and bring them in as future volunteers for the nursery and to build awareness for our educational programs. The work we are doing will lay the groundwork for future restoration on Newport Banning Ranch,” said Robyn Vettraino, executive director of Newport Banning Land Trust.

Newport Banning Land Trust is working to preserve more than 230 acres of open space at Newport Banning Ranch with programs to provide public access for recreation and education, nurture natural habitats, and restore and regenerate the land.

To RSVP and for more information about volunteering contact Robyn Vettraino at

[email protected].

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  1. This group was created, funded and is composed of the developers that want to destroy Banning Ranch! One important fact they left out is that they’re planning on bulldozing and grading the entire upland mesa, rendering it a virtual lunar landscape! 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 openspace 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 photo’s 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!!!