Wilderness: Where Hunting and Fishing are Best
"Hunting in the wilderness is of all pastimes the most attractive," wrote Theodore Roosevelt more than 115 years ago. That's one reason that sportsmen have always been on the front lines of important conservation battles, recognizing that preserving wild land ensures the very best opportunities for hunting and fishing. This brochure highlights the significant contributions of sportsmen and women to America's economy. Hunters and anglers spent $76.6 billion nationwide in 2006, according to the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
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.