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Title: Mountain Defense League Records, 1972-2004Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0410
Extent: 33.92 Linear Feet
expand icon Historical Note

Byron Lindsley Jr. founded the Mountain Defense League (MDL) in 1973 as a small, grassroots organization that worked in San Diego County to preserve and protect the natural environment from encroaching developers. In particular, disputes with developers at Middle Peak, Mt. Laguna, and Palomar Mountain were some of the MDL's most notable projects.

During its early years, the MDL's efforts targeted the general public with campaigns and billboards. The league gathered eighty five thousand signatures in a petition to stop development in Middle Peak in the Cuyamacas. The goal of the MDL was not to stop development altogether, but to preserve the special and unique natural areas of San Diego for future generations.

Pandora Rose became president of the MDL after Lindsley's death in February of 2003. Rose joined the league in 2001, and had become the assistant director by 2002. Under Rose's leadership, the MDL fought development of a new center at Mission Trails that did not require the park to set aside eighteen acres of undeveloped land. Rose also supported and campaigned with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to pass the California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act from 2002 until the bill's passage in 2006.

Pandora Rose led the League until her death on January 30th, 2008.

Author: Jeannie Higbee
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I. Mountain Defense League Office Files, 1972-2004

    1. General Office Files, 1972-2002

    2. Correspondence, 1973-2002

    3. Legal Files, 1981-1994

    4. San Diego Environmental Review Board, 1975-1989

    5. Sierra Club, San Diego Chapter, 1973-2000

II. Environmental Research Files, 1973-2004

    1. Local Environmental Projects, 1978-2004

    2. General Plans, 1979-2002

    3. National Forests, 1990-2004

    4. Soil Surveys, 1973

    5. Publications, 1974-2003

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 05/27/2004. 2005-050
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Pandora Rose
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Mountain Defense League Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Finding Aid Revisions: Originally processed as the Pandora Rose Environmental Collection by Jeanie Higbee (intern). In 2015, Kim Schwenk added additional material and renamed the collection the Mountain Defense League.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
Other Note: Please note that this collection was formerly titled the Pandora Rose Environmental Activism Collection.
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