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Newport Banning Land Trust

 P.O. Box 7422
 Newport Beach, CA 92658
[P] (949) 6834645
[F] --
www.newportbanninglandtrust.org
[email protected]
Robyn Vettraino
FOUNDED: 2012
INCORPORATED: 2014
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Organization DBA Newport Banning Ranch Land Trust
Former Names Newport Banning Ranch Land Trust (2013)
Newport Banning Nature Conservancy (2012)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 46-0751657 --

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

As the conservation partner of Newport Banning Ranch, the Newport Banning Land Trust will conserve and steward the natural open space preserve for the benefit of native species, and for the enjoyment by the public. 

Through an innovative land use and conservation project, Newport Banning Ranch is establishing an approximately 280-acre nature preserve. NBLT’s stewardship will include nurturing the conservation of rare habitats and a diverse range of native species while providing the public an opportunity to enjoy and learn about natural Orange County. Successful implementation of this vision will also help bring to life a significant portion of the long-envisioned Orange Coast River Park.

 
Our Values are as follows:  

· Support implementation of a professionally designed plan for restoration, creation, preservation and maintenance of suitable habitat.

· Collaborate with public land managers, environmental stakeholders and local governments to ensure that the natural and open space within Newport Banning Ranch is managed in an integrated regional vision.

· Provide new trail connections, signage and public access to natural lands, public parks and beaches.

· Provide educational and interpretative programs for the public on the Newport Banning Ranch lands.

· Ensure that the Newport Banning Ranch helps improve water quality through the implementation of a comprehensive water quality plan.

· Secure a long-term funding stream to support the conservation, stewardship and public access on the Newport Banning Ranch natural and open space lands.

Mission Statement

As the conservation partner of Newport Banning Ranch, the Newport Banning Land Trust will conserve and steward the natural open space preserve for the benefit of native species, and for the enjoyment by the public. 

Through an innovative land use and conservation project, Newport Banning Ranch is establishing an approximately 280-acre nature preserve. NBLT’s stewardship will include nurturing the conservation of rare habitats and a diverse range of native species while providing the public an opportunity to enjoy and learn about natural Orange County. Successful implementation of this vision will also help bring to life a significant portion of the long-envisioned Orange Coast River Park.

 
Our Values are as follows:  

· Support implementation of a professionally designed plan for restoration, creation, preservation and maintenance of suitable habitat.

· Collaborate with public land managers, environmental stakeholders and local governments to ensure that the natural and open space within Newport Banning Ranch is managed in an integrated regional vision.

· Provide new trail connections, signage and public access to natural lands, public parks and beaches.

· Provide educational and interpretative programs for the public on the Newport Banning Ranch lands.

· Ensure that the Newport Banning Ranch helps improve water quality through the implementation of a comprehensive water quality plan.

· Secure a long-term funding stream to support the conservation, stewardship and public access on the Newport Banning Ranch natural and open space lands.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $105,000.00
Projected Revenue $110,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • ReCreate Collaboration Partnership

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Overview


Mission Statement

As the conservation partner of Newport Banning Ranch, the Newport Banning Land Trust will conserve and steward the natural open space preserve for the benefit of native species, and for the enjoyment by the public. 

Through an innovative land use and conservation project, Newport Banning Ranch is establishing an approximately 280-acre nature preserve. NBLT’s stewardship will include nurturing the conservation of rare habitats and a diverse range of native species while providing the public an opportunity to enjoy and learn about natural Orange County. Successful implementation of this vision will also help bring to life a significant portion of the long-envisioned Orange Coast River Park.

 
Our Values are as follows:  

· Support implementation of a professionally designed plan for restoration, creation, preservation and maintenance of suitable habitat.

· Collaborate with public land managers, environmental stakeholders and local governments to ensure that the natural and open space within Newport Banning Ranch is managed in an integrated regional vision.

· Provide new trail connections, signage and public access to natural lands, public parks and beaches.

· Provide educational and interpretative programs for the public on the Newport Banning Ranch lands.

· Ensure that the Newport Banning Ranch helps improve water quality through the implementation of a comprehensive water quality plan.

· Secure a long-term funding stream to support the conservation, stewardship and public access on the Newport Banning Ranch natural and open space lands.


Background Statement

Every success story begins with a challenge overcome by individuals who are inspired to act for the greater good to influence collectively. The Newport Banning Land Trust core values are represented by the aspirations and drive of its board members, friends and sponsors. 

Newport Banning Ranch is one of the last remaining open space areas along the coast that is not accessible to the public. There are plans to change this in the future, but the process is long and we cannot wait to start engaging and educating the public. There is a substantial need to start making this coastal resource available to members of the public in the near future so that its eventual large scale restoration can gain public support and so that neighboring residents can become more aware of the rare plants and animals that will call this place home.

Our organization will be critical to bridging the gap of awareness and many years from now when new public trails are opened in this area we will already have a group of stewards in place that can work with the NBLT to manage the area and continue engaging the community. In fact, the NBLT has an agreement with the landowner to be the long-term steward of the site, so we need to start involving the public as soon as possible and planning for this future.

This conservation effort is in its infancy; however, we envision it will one day emulate the success that has occurred nearby at Upper Newport Bay and the Huntington Beach Wetlands. Both of these locations started with humble beginnings and now are marquee restoration sites and house world-class interpretive centers. We have already engaged Mr. Matt Yurko who runs the Coastal Commission’s Community-Based Education and Restoration Program at Upper Newport Bay in hopes of learning how our site can be utilized in a complimentary manner.

With so many people living in coastal southern California there is no carrying capacity for environmental education programs. Many residents, regardless of demographics, suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder and need opportunities where they can be exposed to wildlands and natural open space. Furthermore, there a many interested members of the public that are anxious to find a brand new conservation effort to get involved with. With our goals for 2016 NBLT is confident it will create programs that will impact citizens of Orange County and create a new generation of stewards at Newport Banning Ranch.

 

Impact Statement

We have created a more effective organization over the past year through:
 
1.  Continuing successful Volunteer Program to collect native seeds on the NBR site and store them for planting at a later date. With six hosed events offered to the community, volunteers were able to be outdoors, work with nature, and learn about native and invasive plant species in Orange County. We have secured plant nursery tables and plan to establish the nursery in 2015 with the help of supporters and volunteers. 
 
2.  We launched an innovative and creative community-based collaboration management program that allows us to partner with similar, but more established groups to continue our growth learning through their exemplary leadership. This program is unique because public-private partnerships are not common in the context of long-term maintenance of mitigation sites.   This project represented some of the first community involved programming that has occurred at Newport Banning Ranch.  
 
3.  An Educational Leadership Committee was formed.  It consists of community members who are experienced and active in educational and leadership programs in Orange County.  They are tasked with outlining a curriculum to supplement those that already exist in Orange County and developing environmental awareness in the fun context of hands-on learning.  

Needs Statement

We have a goal in 2017 to host Monthly Land Tours, host Service-Learning Programs, host a field trip for a local Elementary School, host community outreach presentations in Costa Mesa, and host 'Super Volunteer' training events all geared at providing a unique and educational outdoor experience for the community. We also aim to create a Banning Ranch seed back that will preserve the genetics of native plants currently growing on site for use in current and future plant community restoration projects.  Lastly we hope to design and evaluate a public environmental education program for Newport Banning Land Trust.  

Coastal habitat destruction and degradation are among our most serious environmental crisis, causing species endangerment and threatening the quality of urban habitats. This project will educate local citizens about these issues by utilizing the story of Newport Banning Ranch. Currently NBLT has exclusive access to this resource, but no funding available for further engaging the community on-site. Any support will provide us with the ability to start implementing environmental education efforts and will provide us with fund to match with other competitive funding sources.


CEO Statement

Over the past couple of years, I conducted several site tours of the oil field that is currently Newport Banning Ranch. While relaying a history of the seventy plus years of oil operation and background on habitat degradation, erosion, destabilization and excessive sedimentation, each time I find myself each time envisioning the opportunity that is before us. Through an innovative collaboration with Newport Banning Ranch, Now is the time to ReClaim your Backyard. We can all be a part of a community that is engaged in the ReCreation of a neighborhood and permanently protected open space that creates a balance with each other. We can be a group of citizens that helps cultivate a thriving native wildlife and plant species among a setting where learning and education is encouraged. We can help shape a substantial contribution to the Orange Coast River Park concept. We can ReCreate a public access legacy so that future generations can safely connect to miles and miles of biking and running trails. We can set an example for our kids; We can seize opportunity, create vision and choose leadership.

As Yvon Chouinard once said; “To do good, you actually have to do something.”


Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donors can mail a check to our P.O. Box.  
We also have volunteer opportunities for native seed collection and planting, as well as cactus clippings as part of our ReCreate Collaboration. Please check our website for updated opportunities.  

Geographic Area Served

West Orange County
South Orange County
Central Orange County
North Orange County
Our organization is located within coastal Newport Beach, but plans to serve all areas of Orange County, particularly the residents of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and all visitors to the area.  

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Social Science - Behavioral Science
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

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Programs


ReCreate Collaboration Partnership

The ReCreate Collaboration Project is an experiment in community-based ecosystem management or collaborative management between public, private, and non-profit organizations, in which a developer-sponsored mitigation project (Newport Banning Ranch Mitigation) will be turned over to a non-profit organization (Newport Banning Land Trust “NBLT”) for long-term management performed in coordination with a community-based branch of the California Coastal Commission, a regulatory agency.

This experiment is unique for several reasons. First, such alliances are not common, particularly in the context of long-term maintenance of mitigation sites. Secondly, the long-term sustainability of mitigation sites has been found to be largely unsuccessful, which has led to a stronger focus by the regulatory agencies on long-term management planning.

Conservation organizations that are willing and capable of taking on the responsibility for long-term management of mitigation sites are few and difficult to find; therefore, the task often falls upon municipalities to create special landscape management districts to perform the work. However, there are issues with lack of expertise and man power, leading to degeneration of the mitigation sites over time. Another, perhaps more subtle, but important issue, is the lack of public education and access to the mitigation sites, which leads to a sense of disconnect between human communities and the local natural communities or habitat. This often translates to misperceptions about the plant communities and wildlife that are being protected, leading to detachment, or contempt, either for aesthetic reasons, or perceptions regarding dangers associated with wildlife and/or pests.

Budget  $45,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adults Native Americans
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of 2015, more than 500 local community members will know and understand more about how the native landscape is affected by both human and non-human impacts and what they can do about it.  At least 100 will take this back to their home and decide to participate either through volunteering with NBLT or implementing at home.  
Program Long-Term Success 

A major goal of the ReCreate Collaboration Project is to provide an example of a way to remedy the long-term maintenance and the public disconnect issues pertain to mitigation sites through community-based ecosystem management; a program of training volunteers to not only identify and know their local flora and fauna, but to understand and perform management activities to help the natural habitat thrive.  In this context, citizen participatory action can lead to a more sustainable community, both in terms of its natural resources and human population.  

Program Success Monitored By 

For service learning programs we will calculate the value of in-kind volunteer services utilizing the Independent Sector’s 2013 calculations for the value of a volunteer hour in California. Our intention will be to provide a 1:1 match for any funding providing for service-learning programs with in-kind volunteer services. If our programs fall short of this objective then we will need to re-evaluate our outreach and volunteer coordination efforts. We will also provide participants with a short questionnaire at the beginning of each event to measure their knowledge base before arriving that day. We will also administer that same questionnaire right at the end of the even to measure what they learned.

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Robyn Vettraino
CEO Term Start Aug 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Our Executive Director Robyn Vettraino was the cornerstone of developing this collaboration. NBLT is the only non-profit organization with access to this site and Robyn utilized her outreach skills gained from years of working with the local Surfrider Foundation Chapter to bring together this group of experts. Her leadership and foresight is the reason why we are applying for this grant program. She recognizes that we must start DOING NOW to be prepared for our important responsibilities that are to come in the future. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair George Basye
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aera
Board Chair Term Aug 2012 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
George Basye Aera Voting
Philip Bettencourt Bettencourt & Associates Voting
Neil Brandom Brooks-Street Voting
Kate Klimow University California Irvine Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Graham Chisholm Hesperian Consulting NonVoting
Byron de Arakal Byron de Arakal Communications NonVoting
Elizabeth "Betsy" Lake Holland & Knight NonVoting
John Olivier Fuscoe Engineering NonVoting
Doug Peterson Retired NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 25%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Our ReCreate Collaboration Project is an experiment in community-based ecosystem management or collaborative management between public, private, and non-profit organizations, in which a developer-sponsored mitigation project will be turned over to a non-profit organization for long-term management performed in coordination with a community-based branch of the California Coastal Commission, a regulatory agency.

This experiment is unique for several reasons. First, such alliances are not common, particularly in the context of long-term maintenance of mitigation sites. Secondly, the long-term sustainability of mitigation sites has been found to be largely unsuccessful, which has led to a stronger focus by the regulatory agencies on long-term management planning.

A major goal of ReCreate Collaboration Project is to remedy the long-term maintenance and the public disconnect issues pertaining to mitigation sites through community-based ecosystem management: a program of training volunteers to not only identify and know their local flora and fauna, but to understand and perform management activities to help the natural habitat thrive. In this context, citizen participatory action can lead to a more sustainable community, both in terms of its natural resources and human population.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $110,000.00
Projected Expenses $105,000.00
Form 990s

2015 NBLT 990

2014 NBLT current financials 2014

2013 NBLT Extension

2012 Postcard

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Total Revenue $86,781 -- --
Total Expenses $92,864 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$86,781 -- --
Government Contributions $0 -- --
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Program Expense $84,991 -- --
Administration Expense $7,872 -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.93 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Total Assets $2,836 -- --
Current Assets $2,336 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $2,836 -- --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 -- --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -- --
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

In 2013 we created a Finance Committee which meets quarterly and oversees the financial matters for recommendation to the Board.  We previously have only been required to file a 990 e-postcard because of the size of our organization.  For 2013 we filed and extension, which is in-process now so will be uploaded as soon as it is completed.  We complete a Business Plan for approved spending budget each year and have remained within that budget each year. 

Foundation Comments

This organization is a new nonprofit and only has financials for 2014. Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.

Documents


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