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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President Barack Obama recently designated nearly half a million acres in southern New Mexico as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, a move that was applauded by a wide swath of New Mexicans, including Hispanic leaders, veterans, sportsmen and the faith community. But for the rest of the country it might have signaled something even better - that coming on the... Read More
The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The bill, which passed in the Senate in June, will protect more than 32,500 acres in Michigan, including pristine shoreline and forests on the coast of Lake Michigan. It will be the first new wilderness... Read More