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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Four years after its designation, the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in Taos County, New Mexico, is celebrated more than ever by sportsmen, tribal leaders, veterans, local and federal elected officials, the business community, and conservationists. Read More
The public lands surrounding the communities of Seeley Lake and Ovando in the Blackfoot-Clearwater Valley in Montana contain pristine backcountry, prime wildlife habitat, and thousands of acres of terrain that’s ideal for recreation such as snowmobiling and mountain biking. Read More
Tucked in the verdant Umpqua National Forest about 100 miles southwest of Eugene, Oregon, the scenic Steamboat Creek area is popular with anglers, hikers, boaters, and others seeking solitude, relaxation, or adventure in nature. It’s a place that should be protected from development, and soon it may be. Read More