John Gilroy directs Pew's U.S. public lands program, which aims to ensure an enduring legacy of natural areas for future generations by conserving ecologically important lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management through legislative, administrative, or executive action. The program also works to restore America’s parks by addressing deferred maintenance issues within the National Park System. Gilroy joined Pew in 2010 when the Campaign for America’s Wilderness became part of Pew.
Gilroy helped to develop and promote regional and national campaigns to protect old-growth forests, critical habitat, and roadless areas throughout America’s national forests in his work with the Campaign for America’s Wilderness and the Pew Wilderness Center. Previously, he spent a year with the Rockefeller Family Fund as a program associate, and he also worked at the Center for Study of Responsive Law, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and New York Public Interest Research Group. From 1988 to 1992, Gilroy served as the executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.
Gilroy has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from New York University. He serves on the boards of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp. and NEO Philanthropy.
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This should be an easy question to answer: What should the president do with a parcel of public land that a local community fought long and hard to protect and that preserves classic Western landscapes, Native American culture and history, and critical wildlife habitat? The correct answer is “leave it alone.” Read More
Rural Pershing County, Nevada, is in the northwest part of the Great Basin Desert, a magnificent landscape of pinyon-juniper forests, sagebrush valleys, rugged canyons, and dramatic mountains. Seventy-five percent of the county comprises public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For the past 10 years, mining interests, ranchers, sportsmen, local officials, and conservationists have... Read More
Just days before the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show—the largest expo of its kind in the U.S.—opened in Denver, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation to protect 96,445 acres of the White River National Forest as wilderness, recreation management areas, and wildlife conservation areas, and create the country’s first National... Read More