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Mineral King: The Foundation of Modern Environmental Law
By The Numbers.
14,000 Daily visitors
if Disney ski resort had been built
7,800 Elevation in feet
of Mineral King valley floor
12,343 Elevation in feet
of Mineral King's highest peak (Sawtooth)
9 Length in years
of the Mineral King mining boom
(1873–1882)
1970 Year
Earthjustice begins
(as Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund)
1978 Year
Mineral King joins Sequoia National Park
2009 Year
Mineral King becomes wilderness area
1 Mineral King
is Earthjustice's first case.
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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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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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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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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 River
Rivers across the country provide sustenance to wildlife and human communities alike. Today, many are threatened.
Explore Rivers.
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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.
See Also:

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Wild places are connected to the greater ecosystem. Experience the diversity of Earthjustice's work

Photo of Mineral King valley. > Explore Interactive Experience

The Early Days of Environmental Law

Jim Moorman, first executive director of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, discusses environmental law.

Photo of Jim Moorman. > Read Environmental Law Q&A

Breaking Down The Courthouse Door

Don Harris, one of Earthjustice's founders, tells the story of how it all started, more than forty years ago.

Photo of the U.S. Supreme Court. > Read First Person Feature
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