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Stand Up That Mountain
The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail
Written by Jay Erskine Leutze
Big Blend Radio interview with Jay Erskine Leutze and Don Barger -
National Parks Conservation Association
It began with a phone call by a whip-
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STAND UP THAT MOUNTAIN: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail by Jay Leutze, is a classic underdog tale and the true story — akin to A Civil Action—of an outdoorsman living alone in Western North Carolina who teams up with his neighbors to save a treasured mountain and section of the Appalachian trail from being destroyed.
One day Jay Leutze, a non-
Jay jumps at the challenge. And so begins the epic quest of STAND UP THAT MOUNTAIN.
Jay and his neighbors form “the Dog Town Bunch,” a plaintiff group that is soon joined
by a team of lawyers from several national conservation organizations and by Appalachian
Trail enthusiasts. Together they wage a ferocious battle to save the mountain, and
along the way face fiery public hearings and undertake high-
STAND UP THAT MOUNTAIN is a story that demonstrates what is possible when local people set their minds to righting a wrong.
More than just an account of a remarkable environmental battle, STAND UP THAT MOUNTAIN is a moving portrait of a remote place and the people who live there. Leutze is a natural stylist and an accomplished storyteller, and this is a classic, inspiring underdog story. Not only does the case against the Clark Stone Company set groundbreaking legal precedent, but the good guys win a complete victory. How they do it is as compelling as the best literary fiction.
Jay Erskine Leutze was born in Virginia in 1964. He now lives in the Southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Trained as an attorney, he has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a Trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation’s most established land trusts.