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Rose, Pandora (1957-2008) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Rose, Pandora (1957-2008)

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.

Sources: "County Obituaries". San Diego Union Tribune (4 February 2008): B-5. Available from: ProQuest <> (accessed 29 September 2008).
Note Author: Jeannie Higbee

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