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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  • Mike Matz Addresses U.S. Senate Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee

    On July 16, Mike Matz, director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ U.S. public lands project, delivered testimony before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee regarding the Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2015 and the National Forest Ecosystem Improvement Act of 2015. Read More

  • Celebrating National Trails Day

    Many of our country’s trails are on protected public lands, which were safeguarded by policymakers who recognized the need to shield special places from development. In the latest such effort, on May 21, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act, which would preserve 58,419 acres of public land in Colorado’s Central Rocky... Read More

  • Rolling Up Our Sleeves on Earth Day

    Since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, people have gathered each April 22 to express their concerns about the environment: dirty air, polluted water, despoilment of parks and preserves, and energy sources that harm the climate. True to the times, the first several observances in the United States often resembled political rallies, complete with placards and slogans. Today Earth Day has... Read More

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