Mike Matz

Mike Matz

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


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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  • 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

  • Pew Applauds Browns Canyon National Monument Designation

    Washington, DC—The Pew Charitable Trusts today applauded the designation of the Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado. Read More

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