Environmental Initiatives

Mathew Jacobson

Officer, Boreal Conservation, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Mathew Jacobson

Email: mjacobson@pewtrusts.org


Mathew Jacobson, who joined Pew in 2008, develops and implements outreach and campaign strategies for boreal conservation, primarily in Manitoba and Québec. Jacobson is responsible for field organizing, generating media coverage, and engaging policymakers to implement a plan to protect at least 50 percent of Canada's northern boreal region and to set sustainable development standards for the remaining portions.

Jacobson has more than 20 years of experience in wild forests protection, serving with Preserve Appalachian Wilderness, Green Mountain Forest Watch, the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project, Greenpeace, and the Wilderness Society. He previously helped secure the protection of the last U.S. intact roadless areas as deputy director of the Heritage Forests Campaign.

Jacobson holds a bachelor’s degree in English and religion from Tufts University.


News Room

  • Quebec Poll Finds Strong Support for Protecting Boreal Forest

    • Feb. 5, 2014
    • OtherResource

    Efforts to protect Canada’s vast boreal forest could get a boost from a new poll showing overwhelming support for conservation in Quebec, a province central to the integrity of one of the planet’s last great wildernesses. More

  • Manitoba World Heritage Proposal Moves Forward

    • Jun. 21, 2012
    • PressRelease

    One of the world’s last remaining areas of intact southern boreal forest is a step closer to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the submission of land-management plans by the Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations to the province, Premier Greg Selinger announced today at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. 



  • Quebec Cheered, Ottawa Jeered at Global Green Gathering

    • Jun. 19, 2012
    • MediaCoverage

    (Globe and Mail ) While Canada is being condemned at a major international gathering on environmental protection and sustainable development in Brazil, Jean Charest is reaping praise for the work Quebec is doing to bolster the long-term health of the planet.


  • Quebec Unveils $80 Billion Plan for Undeveloped North

    • May. 10, 2011
    • MediaCoverage

    (AFP) Quebec unveiled an $80-billion plan on Monday to rev up forestry and mining development over the next 25 years in its vast northern region, dubbed one of the world's last unspoiled wildernesses.


  • Charest unveils $80B plan for northern Quebec

    • May. 9, 2011
    • MediaCoverage

    (CBC/Radio-Canada) An ambitious plan to develop Quebec's north — an area about twice the size of France — was being hailed by Premier Jean Charest on Monday as an effort that will be key to the province's future.


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