Mike Matz joined Pew in 2010 when the Campaign for America’s Wilderness became part of the Pew Charitable Trusts. He directs Pew’s work to protect the nation’s remaining wild lands to ensure an enduring legacy of wilderness for future generations.
Matz headed the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in Salt Lake City from 1993 to 2000, where he was part of the successful effort to establish the 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. He spent six years with the Sierra Club, four of those as a director of its public lands program in Washington, DC, during which time he also served as chairman of the Alaska Coalition. He began his conservation career in Fairbanks as associate director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
Matz also helped found the Alaska Wilderness League and has served on their board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College.
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In March 2013, President Barack Obama designated the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico, safeguarding 242,555 acres for the enjoyment of future generations. Within the monument’s boundaries are two areas, Cerro del Yuta and Río San Antonio, that together comprise roughly 21,500 acres. Read More
On April 21, Mike Matz, director of Pew’s U.S. public lands program, submitted written testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee regarding five public land measures: S. 1423, S. 1510, S. 1167, S. 1699, and S. 2383. Following is his testimony. Read More
The Cherokee National Forest is East Tennessee’s big backyard, and the Tennessee Wilderness Act would safeguard roughly 20,000 acres of it as wilderness. The state’s U.S. senators, Republicans Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, first introduced the bill in 2010, and Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) recently sponsored similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More