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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Local advocates are working in Douglas, Pershing, and Washoe counties in northern Nevada to convince the U.S. Congress to pass public lands legislation that would expand recreational opportunities, conserve wild lands and wildlife habitat, and promote economic development. Here are five reasons that Congress should protect this area. Read More
Instead of entertaining ideas to relax the standards of wilderness areas, Congress should move to approve these new wilderness designations to give Americans more opportunity to experience a small piece of the Earth largely unmarked by the hand of humankind. Read More
The Wilderness Act, which turned 52 on Sept. 3, came about through the bipartisan efforts of Senator Hubert Humphrey (D-MN) and Representative John Saylor (R-PA), and it remains the tool that bestows the highest form of protection—official wilderness—on public land. Read More