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.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is working to eliminate or at a minimum limit provisions in the pending immigration reform bill that would adversely impact public health and safety, the environment, and public lands along our nation’s borders. Today, Mike Matz, Director, U.S. Public Lands, sent a letter (link) to each Senate office outlining Pew’s concerns. More
(Politico) While our nation’s political leaders grapple with major tax and funding matters, more than two dozen bills to save some of the nation’s most spectacular lands and wildlife habitat await action in the final days of the 112th Congress.( More
(The Washington Post) President Obama’s wilderness record remains largely unwritten. He has declared two historic sites, totaling less than 15,000 acres, as national monuments. The one wilderness bill he signed — establishing 2.1 million acres of wilderness in nine states, including Virginia, Michigan and Oregon — came from a bipartisan deal struck by the Bush administration. More
A bill now in Congress would place 19,556 acres of Tennessee located in Cherokee National Forest in a permanent wilderness area. In addition to permanently protecting areas already being managed administratively as wilderness by the Cherokee National Forest, the bill would not close any roads, would not require new appropriations and would not cause any loss of taxes to local communities. More
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. It's also a crucial chance for people across the country to tell leaders in Congress that the allure of short-term economic gain is no reason to strip protections from tens of millions of acres of still pristine areas.