Banning Ranch will soon turn into a public park.

The appraised value for the said ranch is $97 million dollars. Since 2016 after its appraisal, fundraising was started with a $50 million donation from philanthropists Frank and Joann Randall.

Approximately $16 million came from The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other federal agencies also donated $6 million. Now the latest donation was granted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service equivalent to $11 million, bringing the grand total to $83 million.

Now, the organization needs $14 million more to become a public park and has until April 2022 to raise the needed fund or it would be sold for real estate development.

Banning Ranch is the habitat of six animals identified as threatened or endangered namely: American Peregrine Falcon, California Gnatcatcher, Least Bell’s Vireo, San Diego Fairy Shrimp, Light-footed Clapper Rai, and Belding’s Savannah Sparrow.

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