A developer has dropped a civil trespassing claim against the environmental activist who spent 71 days in a Santa Clarita Valley oak tree that stood in the way of a road-widening project.
Bill Rattazzi, a regional president of John Laing Homes, said his company dropped the suit against John Quigley to focus its efforts on ensuring the tree's survival.
"John Quigley has shown a steadfast commitment to saving the tree, and while we have differing ideas on how to accomplish this, we share that same goal," Rattazzi said in a prepared statement.
The massive oak, nicknamed "Old Glory," was originally slated to be cut down, but will now be relocated a few hundred yards down Pico Canyon Road in a compromise bid with environmentalists. Quigley, who was forced out of the tree by a court order in January, maintains that moving the tree would kill it.