PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
MIINERAL KING made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo by Elizabeth Caffrey

Opinion

Trees of El Dorado County: Should trees have standing in court?

By March 7, 2011

In 1972 the Sierra Club sued the Disney Corp. to prevent the development of a ski resort in Mineral King Valley next to Sequoia National Park. The Supreme Court ruled that the club as a membership coporation lacked standing and could not bring the suit, thus ruling in favor of Disney. But the ruling opened the door to a suit by an individual or individuals of the club which was later brought. The development never developed, and Mineral King is now a part of the national forest.

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