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People Protecting Wilderness For People: Celebrating 40 Years of the Wilderness Act

  • September 01, 2003
In reaction to the loss of wilderness was born a uniquely American idea: to deliberately preserve scenic wonders and expanses of wild nature as wilderness, with a motive of not losing the imprint of frontier wildness so formative and fundamental to American values.
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Mike Matz

Director, U.S. Public Lands

Mike Matz joined Pew in 2010 when the Campaign for America's Wilderness became part of the Pew Charitable Trusts. As the director, Matz works to protect the nation's remaining wild lands to ensure an enduring legacy of wilderness for future generations.Before joining Pew, he headed the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in Salt Lake City, where he spearheaded the successful effort to establish, through presidential order, the 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Matz spent six years with the Sierra Club, four of those as a director of its public lands program in Washington, D.C. For four years he was chairman of the Alaska Coalition, and he also worked 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. View Profile