State of the Wild 2004
2004 marks the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a conservation beacon which has been used to build the nation's National Wilderness Preservation System to its current 106 million acres across 44 of our states.
It is an appropriate time to reflect on the State of the Wild, the Campaign for America's Wilderness overview of wilderness issues nationwide.
Mike MatzDirector, 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.