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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  • 5 Reasons to Protect Wilderness

    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

  • 5 Reasons to Protect Gold Butte

    Covering almost 350,000 acres in southeastern Nevada, Gold Butte is Nevada’s piece of the Grand Canyon. Located between the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, it was formed by the same geologic forces that created Arizona’s Grand Canyon and is a treasure trove of cultural, historic, and natural wonders. Read More

  • 5 Reasons to Protect the Scotchman Peaks

    The proposed 13,900-acre Scotchman Peaks Wilderness lies outside the Idaho communities of Clark Fork, Hope, and Sandpoint. Thousands of local residents have been working to safeguard this ruggedly beautiful landscape for more than a decade. They are urging Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) to introduce legislation in 2016 to conserve this wildlife and outdoor recreation haven for future generations to use... Read More

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