Mike Matz

Mike Matz

  • Director
  • U.S. Public Lands,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


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.

Recent Work

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  • September Is National Wilderness Month

    Our National Wilderness Preservation System was established 51 years ago by the Wilderness Act and originally included 9 million acres. Today it encompasses more than 109 million acres across the United States. Read More

  • Protecting the Places Where We Play

    Across the country this summer, outdoor recreationists and other advocates for public lands are taking part in the #LiveMonumental campaign to protect five special places that epitomize our shared natural heritage – Gold Butte in Nevada, Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho, the Owyhee Canyonlands in Oregon, Mojave Trails in California, and the Birthplace of Rivers in West Virginia. Your... Read More

  • Boulder-White Clouds Win: Idaho ‘Gem’ Protected as Wilderness

    Central Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds region was once among the largest unprotected wild places in the Lower 48 states. But now—thanks to legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Aug. 7—Boulder-White Clouds is safeguarded as wilderness, the strongest protection available for a national landscape. Read More

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