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Jane Danowitz

Senior Officer, Environment
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jane Danowitz joined Pew in 2002 as a senior officer responsible for the U.S. public lands protection program, which seeks to preserve America’s wilderness areas and undeveloped national forests through federal legislation and regulations. Danowitz also directs the Pew Campaign for Responsible Mining, a coalition effort to reform the 1872 Mining Law, a frontier-era statute that still governs the mining of gold, uranium and other hard-rock metals on public lands in the West.

Danowitz has more than three decades of experience in public interest education and advocacy at the federal level. Before joining Pew, she served as director of the Heritage Forests Campaign, a Pew-funded initiative to uphold the Roadless Area Conservation Rule protecting undeveloped national forests. She also was executive director of Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing funding for parks and conservation. In addition, she has significant experience in politics and public affairs, having served as vice president of Ogilvy Worldwide, as director of the bipartisan Women’s Campaign Fund and as an aide in municipal government and on Capitol Hill.

Danowitz holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from Cornell University and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America.

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June 19, 2012

Alaska's Tongass Forest Sparks Battle Over Logging

U.S. Public Lands Program Director Jane Danowitz is quoted in a Reuters' article about pending House legislation that would allow commercial logging of Alaska's Tongass National Forest.

June 18, 2012

Tongass Old-Growth at Stake as House Vote Nears

As Congress prepares to vote on a bill that would endanger some of America’s last remaining old-growth national forests, an open letter from world-leading scientists raises serious concerns with the plan. 

June 14, 2012

House Set to Waive Environmental Laws for Security Agency Along Border

Jane Danowitz, U.S. Public Lands Program Director, is quoted in an article in The Hill about pending legislation that would ensure Customs and Border Protection officials access to all land on the border.

May 2, 2012

USDA Issues New Colorado Roadless Forest Plan

A statement by Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group’s U.S. public lands program, regarding an Obama administration plan that would replace the national Roadless Area Conservation Rule in Colorado’s national forests. 

February 21, 2012

Colorado Officials Push for Forest-Road Rule

A Denver Post article about managing roadless forests in Colorado includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Jane Danowitz.

February 16, 2012

Court Denies Request for Roadless Rule Rehearing

An Associated Press report on a court ruling upholding a roadless rule includes a quote from Jane Danowitz of the Pew Environment Group.

January 26, 2012

Obama Admin Says New Forest Rules Stress Science

An Associated Press article on new protections announced by the Obama administration includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Jane Danowitz.

January 26, 2012

Pew Statement on Obama Administration's New National Forest Management Plan

Jane Danowitz, U.S. public lands director for the Pew Environment Group, released the following statement in reaction to a final U.S. Forest Service management plan issued by the Obama administration today.

January 19, 2012

A 'Grand' Gesture

An opinion piece from the Miami Herald written by the Pew Environment Group's Jane Danowitz about efforts to protect the Grand Canyon from mining.

January 9, 2012

Obama Administration Orders Long-Term Grand Canyon Mining Ban

Pew applauds 20-year moratorium on new claims around national park.

October 26, 2011

Pew Applauds Obama Administration's Final Plan to Protect Grand Canyon From Mining

Jane Danowitz, U.S. public lands director for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in reaction to a final plan from U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to bar new mining claims on nearly 1 million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.

October 26, 2011

Grand Canyon Mining Ban Moves Forward

A Los Angeles Times article about efforts to prevent mining in the Grand Canyon includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Jane Danowitz.

October 21, 2011

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Clinton-Era Roadless Rule

An article from the Denver Post about new rules to protect roadless forest and grassland includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Jane Danowitz.

May 28, 2010

Obama Administration Extends Time-Out on Roadless Decision

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, renewed the policy which gives him sole power over approving logging or road projects on millions of acres of forest while the controversial roadless rule is considered by the Obama administration.

April 20, 2010

Earth Day's Unfinished Business

An op-ed article by Jane Danowitz on the need to ensure the legacy of Earth Day and former Secretary Stewart Udall.

April 1, 2010

Pew Environment Group Statement on Obama Mining Waste Position

Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. public lands program, issued the following statement regarding a March 30 filing from the Obama administration supporting Bush administration rules that provide the mining industry wide latitude for the disposal of mine waste on public lands. 

February 26, 2010

Pew Statement on USDA Decision to Exempt Coal Industry from Roadless Rule

Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group’s U.S. public lands program, issued the following statement today in response to a decision by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to allow the Oxbow Group to expand its coal mining operation into national forest roadless areas in Colorado.

December 23, 2009

Mining the Christmas Spirit

An op-ed by Jane Danowitz, director the Pew Environment Group's U.S. Public Lands Program, on the 1872 Mining Law.

November 23, 2009

Udall’s Good Samaritan Water-Cleanup Bill Drawing Support

The Colorado Independent quotes the Pew Environment Group's Jane Danowitz in its article on Sen. Mark Udall’s new legislation, which is designed to encourage volunteer water cleanup projects.

November 5, 2009

Public Weighs in With Nearly 100,000 Comments for Grand Canyon Protection

Pew ad calls on Congress to support bill to make ban on mining near park permanent.

October 23, 2009

Conservation Groups Run Ad Appealing to US Agriculture Secretary to Stop Tongass Timber Sales

An article from the Los Angeles times about advertisements calling on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to put a stop to two timber sales in the Tongass National Forest.

October 22, 2009

Green Groups Call on Obama Administration to Stop New Tongass Logging

Ad asks for rainforest’s protection under national roadless rule.

October 1, 2009

Pew Environment Group Statement on Colorado's Roadless Rule

Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. public lands program, issued the following statement regarding the 200,000 messages that will be sent to Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and the Obama administration calling for the national forest roadless areas in the state to receive the same protection as provided by the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation rule.

September 16, 2009

We're All “Wilderness Warriors”

An Op-ed piece that discusses the enduring importance of the conservation ethic Theodore Roosevelt instilled in the nation, written by Jane Danowitz, director of the Public Lands Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts and Mike Matz, executive director of Campaign for America's Wilderness, which appeared in The Miami Herald.

August 18, 2009

Vilsack Calls for Renewed Emphasis on Forests

An Associated Press article about U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's recent address, which outlined the Obama administration's vision for managing the nation's forests.

August 17, 2009

Obama’s Vacation Assignment: Reform Mining Law

It was a great idea, during the dog days of summer, for President Barack Obama and his family to do what 270 million others do each year, visit our national parks. These destinations are the best idea America ever had, argues award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns in a new documentary to be aired this fall. Burns contends that preserving the country's finest places for everyone to enjoy, not just the royal and the rich, is a concept as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence.

 

August 14, 2009

Statement on the Obama Administration’s Support for Roadless Forests

Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. public lands program, issued the following statement on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s support for a national forest roadless policy and the Obama administration’s decision to join environmentalists in an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals of a 2008 Wyoming federal district court ruling that struck down the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

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