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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On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama expanded two national monuments in California and Oregon -- the California Coastal and Cascade-Siskiyou national monuments. Efforts to preserve lands and waters surrounding these two areas have been ongoing for years. The expansions were announced along with three Civil War, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights-era designations. Read More
Covering almost 350,000 acres in southeastern Nevada, Gold Butte was formed by the same geologic forces that created Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Native American petroglyphs and shelters dating back more than 12,000 years are found throughout the area. Read More
In southern Utah, the Bears Ears area is bordered on the west by the Colorado River, on the south by the San Juan River and the Navajo Nation, and on the east by the White Mesa Ute Reservation. The area harbors more than 100,000 archaeological sites, including cliff dwellings and rock art, and sustains a traditional Native American way of life. Read More