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Mike Matz

Director, U.S. Public Lands
The Pew Charitable Trusts

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.

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April 20, 2012

For Some, Earth Day Is Every Day

An op-ed piece by Mike Matz, Director of the Campaign for America's Wilderness, on Earth Day, April 22, celebrates a healthy planet and stresses wilderness conservation.

March 22, 2012

Pew Commends Important Step to Protect More Than 184,000 Wild Acres

Mike Matz, director of Pew’s Campaign for America’s Wilderness, issued the following statement praising the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests for holding a hearing today on legislation to safeguard 184,200 acres as wilderness in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon.

March 8, 2012

Pew Hails Key Step to Safeguard More Than 84,000 Wild Acres

Mike Matz, director of Pew’s Campaign for America’s Wilderness, issued the following statement to commend the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands for holding a hearing today on legislation to protect wild land in Oregon and Nevada.

November 10, 2011

Senate Committee Approves First Wilderness Bills of the Year

The Pew Campaign for America’s Wilderness issued the following statement praising the approval today of five bills that would protect more than 125,000 acres of wilderness in five states by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The measures now go to the full U.S. Senate for a vote.

October 26, 2011

Six Public Lands Bills Take Important Step Toward Passage

The Pew Campaign for America’s Wilderness today applauded the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands for taking the first testimony of the year on legislation to designate new wilderness on federal land. Members of the subcommittee considered six bills, which together would permanently protect more than 124,000 acres of public land in California, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington State.

September 14, 2011

Giving Back to the Land

On September 24, we will celebrate both National Public Lands and National Hunting and Fishing Day. This occasion provides an excellent opportunity for Americans to get outdoors and give something back by becoming active in local projects to protect our nation's natural splendor.

August 3, 2011

New Mexico and Tennessee Wilderness Bills Move Closer to Enactment

The Pew Campaign for America’s Wilderness applauded the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests for holding a hearing on legislation to protect more than 260,000 acres of wilderness in southern New Mexico and eastern Tennessee.

February 19, 2011

Pew Urges Senate to Allow Implementation of Wild Lands Assessments

A statement from Mike Matz, director of the Pew Campaign for America’s Wilderness, expressing concern about a provision inserted in the latest Continuing Resolution by House leaders to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from assessing public lands for their wilderness characteristics.

January 10, 2011

A Gift of Wilderness

An editorial that appeared in the Miami Herald by Mike Matz of the Campaign for America's Wilderness regarding the role of the Bureau of Land Management in safeguarding America's wilderness.

January 4, 2011

Republican House Puts Doc Hastings into Key Chairmanship

An article from the Seattle Times about the incoming chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee includes a quote from Mike Matz, director of Campaign for America's Wilderness.

December 24, 2010

EPA Vows to Enforce Curbs on Emissions

The Washington Post's article on EPA regulation of emissions includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Mike Matz.

December 23, 2010

Interior Plans New Wilderness Protections, Scrapping Bush-Era Policy

Mike Matz of the Pew Environment Group is quoted in an article about new wilderness protections on The Hill's E2 blog.

December 23, 2010

Pew Applauds Administration Wild Land Policy Announcement

New approach will help all interests work toward consensus on public land protection.

November 18, 2010

Pew Urges Congress to Pass Wilderness Bills Now

Mike Matz, director of the Campaign for America’s Wilderness of the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement calling on Congress to pass pending wilderness bills before adjourning.

September 20, 2010

Celebrate National Public Lands Day!

Mike Matz, director of the Campaign for America's Wilderness at the Pew Environment Group, on the importance of setting aside public lands for conservation.

September 3, 2010

Pew Calls on Congress to Pass Omnibus Bill to Protect More Wild Land

The Campaign for America’s Wilderness of the Pew Environment Group issued the following statement by director Mike Matz on President Barack Obama’s proclamation declaring September as National Wilderness Month.

June 17, 2010

San Juan Wilderness Protections Take a Step Forward

An article about a bill that would create and expand wilderness areas in Southwestern Colorado quotes Mike Matz, director of the Pew Environment Group's Campaign for America's Wilderness.

March 18, 2010

Pew Applauds Measure to Protect Old-Growth Forests, Snow-Capped Peaks Near Seattle

The Campaign for America’s Wilderness of the Pew Environment Group applauds passage of the first wilderness protection bill of the year by the U.S. House of Representatives.

February 8, 2010

New Mexico Youth Conservation Educator Named 'Wilderness Hero'

The Pew Environment Group's Campaign for America's Wilderness announced that Roberta Salazar of Taos, New Mexico, is being honored as this month's "Wilderness Hero" for working to connect young people with nature.

January 28, 2010

Campaign for America's Wilderness and Pew Environment Group Join Forces

The Pew Charitable Trusts today announced that effective February 1, 2010, the Campaign for America’s Wilderness will become part of the Pew Environment Group, expanding Pew’s work to protect public lands. 

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.

March 30, 2009

President Signs Law Creating Largest Wilderness Legacy in 15 Years

President Obama today signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, adding 2.1 million acres of publicly owned land in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

January 15, 2009

Senate Passes Public Lands Bill

Mike Matz, executive director of the Campaign for America's Wilderness, issued a statement following news that the U.S. Senate approved the first wilderness measures of the 111th Congress as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act.

August 15, 2008

'Living on Earth' features Wilderness Bills

Mike Matz of the Campaign for America's Wilderness discusses prospects for this Congress to leave a proud wilderness legacy for future generations on Public Radio International's 'Living on Earth.'

August 14, 2008

Red, White, Blue...and Green

Right now our public lands are under threat, writes the executive director of the Campaign for America's Wilderness in this Sacramento Bee op-ed.

July 21, 2008

Vast Majority of Americans Believe Protecting Wilderness is Important

The Campaign for America's Wilderness announces the results of a new Zogby International poll which found that nearly nine in ten Americans believe protecting public land as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System is important.

June 16, 2008

Congress Pushes to Keep Land Untamed

The Washington Post reports that Congress has embarked on a push to protect as many as a dozen pristine areas this year. The piece quotes Mike Matz of the Campaign for America's Wilderness.

May 8, 2008

President Signs Bill Designating First Wilderness in 110th Congress

A statement from the Campaign for America's Wilderness on the newly-created Wild Sky Wilderness in Washington state.

April 22, 2008

House Passage of First Two Wilderness Bills of 2008

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the first and second wilderness bills of 2008 today—protecting land from one coast of the nation to the other. The Wild Monongahela Act (H.R. 5151) would designate more than 37,000 acres of the wildest land left in the Monongahela National Forest, and the Copper-Salmon Wilderness Act (H.R. 3513) would ensure permanent protection of some 14,000 acres of pristine, old-growth forest surrounding the headwaters of the Elk River in the Siskiyou National Forest on Oregon's southern coast.

April 21, 2008

Report Spotlights Ten Natural Treasures in Trouble and the People Working to Save Them

A statement from the Campaign for America's Wilderness on the release of a new report which looks at some of America's special yet unprotected wild places.

January 31, 2008

Campaign for America's Wilderness Previews 2008 Wilderness Legislation

Campaign for America's Wilderness Executive Director Mike Matz discusses the prospects for wilderness legislation in the coming year.

December 19, 2007

Coming Together to Preserve Our Lands

An op-ed by the executive director of the Campaign for America's Wilderness on reason to protect the wide open spaces on publicly owned land as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

November 13, 2007

Five Wilderness Bills Before Subcommittee Would Protect More Than a Half Million Acres

A statement from the Campaign for America's Wilderness on legislation that could add over a half million acres in five states to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

October 23, 2007

U.S. House Clears Bill to Protect Virginia Wilderness

A statement from the Campaign for America's Wilderness on the news that a second wilderness bill cleared the House this session.

September 28, 2007

Mike Matz of the Campaign for America's Wilderness on the Wild Side News

Campaign for America's Wilderness Executive Director Mike Matz shares the latest on efforts across the country and on Capitol Hill to protect special wild places.

July 24, 2006

Three Wilderness Bills Pass House

Legislation to protect publicly owned lands in California, Idaho and Oregon has passed in the House.

October 4, 2004

Clock is Ticking, But Wilderness Momentum Continues at End of 108th Congress

Release on wilderness legislation expected to pass this session.

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