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 House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The bill, which passed in the Senate in June, will protect more than 32,500 acres in Michigan, including pristine shoreline and forests on the coast of Lake Michigan. It will be the first new wilderness designated during the 113th Congress. More
It’s important to thank people when we have the chance, and this month you have the opportunity to express your appreciation to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who took time last month to visit southern New Mexico. More
January always gives us time to take stock of the prospects for the coming year, and, for wilderness aficionados like you and me, the horizon looks very bright for a couple of reasons. More
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