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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As Tennessee’s mountains, valleys, forests, and fields transform into a mosaic of fall colors, fans of the state’s public lands are taking to the back country to revel in sparkling days and crisp, clear nights. While most of those enthusiasts know where they like to hunt, hike, camp, and fish, many probably don’t know that the wilderness preservation efforts under way in the... Read More
Spring exploded across California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument in 2017. Thanks to an unusually wet winter, much of the state experienced a “super bloom” of wildflowers. But nowhere was the display more magnificent than in the area east of San Luis Obispo, where visitors flocked to see a flower-carpeted valley captured in thousands of images. Read More
From centuries-old redwood forests to panoramic deserts and Arctic tundra, America’s public lands are among the most beautiful and diverse in the world. They filter our air, preserve clean drinking water, and provide vital habitat for bears, birds, salamanders, and many other species. As President Teddy Roosevelt noted, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever... Read More