Tim Mahoney joined Pew in 2010 as a senior officer for the Campaign for America’s Wilderness. In a 30-year career with Pew, the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society and as an independent consultant, Mahoney has worked on scores of legislative campaigns, primarily wilderness bills, involving tens of millions of acres in more than 30 states.
As a consultant, he was involved in federal land acquisition and exchange efforts in the California desert, the North Cascades and Alaska. Representing three Alaska native corporations, Mahoney negotiated land sales and conservation easements protecting more than 100,000 acres in state and federal conservation units, tapping civil settlement funds in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
In the 1980s, he headed the Alaska Coalition, working to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development. He has also long been a board member of the Alaska Wilderness League.
Mahoney holds bachelor’s degrees in English and biology from Tufts University and a master’s degree in botany from the University of Michigan.
A Senate subcommittee that oversees public lands will hear testimony today on several bills, including two that together would protect 83,000 acres of wilderness in New Mexico and Colorado. The next step for the three bills would be a vote by the full committee. The Senate has passed three wilderness bills this year, and five others await a vote by the full Senate. More