Our Mission Statement


To support and strengthen the existing Foothill/Trabuco and Silverado/Modjeska Specific Plans as implementation policies of the General Plan to preserve and protect the environmental treasures and rural character of the canyon communities adjacent to the Trabuco District of the Cleveland National Forest.

Court of Appeals Hearing - 12/16/14

The Court of Appeal hearing on SaddleCrest is now set for Tuesday, December 16 at 1 pm. 

The location is 601 West Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA  92701

Please mark your calendars and try to attend. There is no public testimony at this hearing.  This appeal was filed by developer Rutter Santiago after losing in Superior Court last year. The County did not appeal. 

Contact Us

As throughout this citizen campaign and litigation, we continue to need your financial support. Please donate to our legal fund. Go to http://www.fhbp.org/programs/saddleback-canyons.html or www.saddlebackcanyons.org and click on DONATE. 
You can also mail your check payable to "Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks" to Saddleback Canyons Conservancy, PO Box 1022, Trabuco Canyon, CA  92678.


Visit the community Facebook page dedicated to saving the rural canyons at http://www.savethecanyons.org.

SaddleCrest was approved by the OC Board of Supervisors who showed a complete disregard for the fact that Orange County has adopted a sustainable communities strategy that is supposed to discourage such sprawl developments. We see this as the end of the rural character of the canyons (as they will be striking the rural requirement from the General Plan) .

This affects ANY area in OC (because of the General Plan amendment) and any areas with a specific plan including:

  • Coto de Caza
  • North Tustin
  • Silverado Canyon
  • Modjeska Canyon
  • Williams Canyon

If you are interested in becoming involved let us know!

Please contact us at:  rtgomez@aol.com


Latest News

Press Release - 10/31/12

OC Register:

Gloria Sefton's OC Register rebuttal and defense of California's environmental laws

Perkin's editorial about the Saddle Crest litigation

Article - 11/7/12

Article - 08/14/12

Voice of OC:

Editorial Debate - 11/14/12

Editorial - 11/8/12

Editorial - 08/07/12

Board of Supervisor Results

Adopt-A-Roadway - work continues