Mathew Jacobson is an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts international boreal conservation campaign, which works for the protection and sustainable development of Canada’s northern boreal region. In that role, he develops and implements outreach and advocacy strategies, primarily in the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec, and is responsible for field organizing, generating media coverage, and engaging policymakers.
Jacobson has worked to protect wild forests for more than 20 years. Before joining Pew in 2008, he served as deputy director of the Heritage Forest Campaign at the National Environmental Trust, which successfully secured protection for nearly 60 million acres of intact forests in the U.S. National Forest System. He also has worked with Preserve Appalachian Wilderness, Green Mountain Forest Watch, the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project, Greenpeace, and the Wilderness Society. Jacobson spent seven years after college working as a professional chef to support his environmental activism. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and religion from Tufts University.
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Efforts to protect Canada's vast boreal forest could get a boost from a new poll showing overwhelming support for conservation in Quebec, a province central to the integrity of one of the planet's last great wildernesses. Read More
One of the world's last remaining areas of intact southern boreal forest is a step closer to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the submission of land-management plans by the Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations to the province, Premier Greg Selinger announced today at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Read More