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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More importantly, protection of public lands is vital to the country’s $887 billion outdoor recreation economy and to the health and well-being of tens of millions of Americans. Read More
Just a day after President Donald Trump significantly diminished the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced legislation that would reduce the protections on this unique landscape even further. Read More
The concept of wilderness predates even the Wilderness Act, the 1964 bedrock law that codified the protection and management of “untrammeled” spots on the map. As early as 1897, Benton MacKaye, who proposed the Appalachian Trail, wrote in his diary of leaving behind “bicycles and civilization” for the “true wilderness” of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.... Read More