Stand Up Tat Mountain
Te Battle to Save One Small Community in the WildernessAlong the Appalachian rail
Jay Erskine Leutze
In the tradition of
A Civil Action
—the true story of a North Carolina outdoorsman who teams up with his Appalachian “mountain people”neighbors to save treasured land from being destroyed
Living alone in his wooded mountain retreat, Jay Leutze gets a call roma whip-smart ourteen-year-old, Ashley Cook, and her aunt, Ollie Cox, who say a mining company is intent on tearing down Belview Mountain,the towering peak above their house. Ashley and her amily, who live in alittle spot known locally as Dog own, are “mountain people,” with a way o lie and speech unique to their home high in the Appalachians. Tey suspect the mining company is violating the law, and they want Jay, a non-practicing attorney, to stop the destruction o the mountain. Jay, a devotednaturalist and sherman, quickly decides to join their cause.So begins the epic quest o the “Dog own Bunch,” a battle that in- volves ery public hearings, clandestine surveillance o the mine opera-tor’s activities, erocious pressure on public ofcials, and high-stakes legalbrinksmanship in the North Carolina court system. Jay helps assemble atalented group o environmental lawyers to do battle with the well-undedattorneys protecting the mining company’s plan to dynamite Belview Mountain, which happens to sit next to the amous Appalachian rail, the2,184-mile national park that stretches rom Maine to Georgia. As themining company continues to level the orest and erect a gigantic rock-crushing plant on the site, Jay’s group searches rantically or a way to stopan act o environmental desecration that will destroy a ragile wild placeand mar the Appalachian rail orever....