Earthjustice: Because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Mineral King: The Foundation of Modern Environmental Law
A marmot along the trail to Eagle Lake. These largest members of the squirrel family are voracious eaters, and their tastes are known to extend to hiking gear and car components. Sunset colors the dramatic view east from Sawtooth Pass towards a sea of towering peaks. Morning breaks over the lowest lake in the Big Five Lakes chain.

About Earthjustice

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.

Founded in 1971 as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, we have provided legal representation at no cost to more than 1,000 public interest clients, from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Wilderness Society, to community-based coalitions.

Find us online at earthjustice.org. Earthjustice. Because the earth needs a good lawyer.

About This Website

Within Sequoia National Park is Mineral King, the splendid mountain wilderness in which Earthjustice took its first steps. More than forty years later, we are as committed as ever to the legacy that started there: Using the law to protect the wildlife and landscapes that shape our nation's character.

The microenvironments of Mineral King Valley are a beautiful portal into the diversity of Earthjustice's work today. From restoring wild rivers to fighting for ancient forests, from protecting species threatened by climate change to encouraging energy sources that don't scar the land or pollute the air above, we are fighting to preserve our natural heritage for this and future generations.

We invite you to use the interactive features and videos on this website to immerse yourself in Mineral King Valley. Experience its rivers, mountains, lakes, and trails—and explore the wide range of work Earthjustice is engaged in now, and the milestones we have reached over the past four decades to protect similar areas throughout our country.

Welcome to Mineral King.

Morning breaks over the lowest lake in the Big Five Lakes chain.
Sunset colors the dramatic view east from Sawtooth Pass towards a sea of towering peaks.
A marmot along the trail to Eagle Lake. These largest members of the squirrel family are voracious eaters, and their tastes are known to extend to hiking gear and car components.
Atop The King: Explore
In The Forest
When we saved the forests of Mineral King, we started a trend for Earthjustice. Earthjustice has been saving forests for decades, achieving many significant victories.
Explore Forests.
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On The Trail
Whether we hike, climb, cave or raft the wild reaches, we must do so in a way that minimizes our impact to the ecosystem.
Explore Trails.
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By The River
Rivers across the country provide sustenance to wildlife and human communities alike. Today, many are threatened.
Explore Rivers.
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On The Mountain
Mountain ecosystems are some of the first places experiencing the impacts of climate change. Earthjustice is working to protect these ecosystems and combat the change.
Explore Mountains.
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By The Lake
The serene beauty of a mountain lake is undeniably special. But even these refuges are suffering—from development, wind-drifted pollution, climate change and more.
Explore Lakes.
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Beneath The Sky
The silhouette of wild places should be traced by the slope of hills and mountains and the reach of trees and shrubs—not by clearcuts, drilling rigs and industrial development.
Explore Sky.
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Wild places are connected to the greater ecosystem. Experience the diversity of Earthjustice's work

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The Wild Future

Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen discusses how to manage and protect wild ecosystems in a warming world.

Photo of Trip Van Noppen.. > Watch Video Interview

How The Earth Got A Lawyer

The forging of law and nature that saved Mineral King Valley and created Earthjustice.

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