TreePeople Land Trust prevails in court. Tuna Canyon remains protected.

We are thrilled to announce that the appeals court has upheld a ruling that our conservation easement over 400 acres of pristine coastal habitat in Tuna Canyon remains valid. In 2017, a luxury real estate developer filed a quiet title action against TreePeople Land Trust and our co-defendants, thereby seeking to extinguish restrictions related to a conservation easement over the plaintiff’s land in order to build luxury estates in this important coastal watershed. The trial court, and now the appeals court, ruled in our favor, stating that the easement was valid and continues to restrict use of the land to open space. 

We want to extend a massive thank you to our attorneys at Gibson Dunn, who represented us pro bono in this case. Heather Richardson, Danielle Hesse, Virginia Smith, Thomas Cochrane, Cynthia Mullen and their team delivered a triumphant defense of our open space and have ensured that the land remains open space for future generations.

By Kevin Gaston

Kevin Gaston joined TreePeople Land Trust in 2015 and currently serves as our Deputy Director. Prior to joining the Trust, he worked in various roles for California State Parks and the National Park Service, and received his B.S. in Environmental Science & Resource Management from CSUCI. Kevin enjoys the mix of creativity and analytics involved with managing projects at TreePeople Land Trust. He believes in our mission because true environmental action requires local commitment and enthusiasm, and non-profit organizations are the best medium to harness that energy. Outside his work, you can find Kevin surfing, cooking, and reading in his backyard with his wife, Emily.