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We have a window of time to conserve some of our area’s most important wildlife habitat and local farms.

Ensure that special places are here for generations to come. 

Your gift will help balance development, ensuring that nature is close to home and that our region retains clean water and quiet places over time. 

Latest News

Engelmann Farm: History and Nature in St. Clair County

Engelmann Farm: History and Nature in St. Clair County

Sitting in pride of place, atop one of the highest points in St. Clair County, Illinois, you will find Engelmann Farm - winding trails through former farmland offer an exceptional view of the Shiloh Valley, virgin forests, and historic homes that remain provide a...

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Working Together to Adapt to Drought

Working Together to Adapt to Drought

The Kaskaskia Watershed Association's 2024 Summit Addresses Drought Conditions The Kaskaskia Watershed Association (KWA) recently hosted their 22nd annual summit and were kind enough to invite Water Program Manager, John O’Donnell to present at the meeting.  The 2024...

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A Watershed Strategy for Western St. Clair County

A Watershed Strategy for Western St. Clair County

Prairie du Pont Watershed Plan: A Strategy for Western St. Clair County Watersheds For the last few years, residents, agencies, and organizations have been working to develop strategies for reducing flood impacts and improving the health of water in western St. Clair...

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NOW SERVING: THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF ILLINOIS

NOW SERVING: THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF ILLINOIS

Good news for conservation! The HeartLands Conservancy Board of Directors has expanded our service area from the original seven counties of southwestern Illinois to now also include the southern third of Illinois. Local conservation land trusts serve the majority of...

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What We Do

We act, advocate, and collaborate for the protection of important places and for community growth strategies that balance a healthy ecosystem and cultural heritage with economic vitality and human well-being.

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Land

We conserve important ecological, agricultural, recreational, and cultural places. We also “create” places for community enjoyment, such as parks, gardens, and trails. 

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Water

We work in partnership with public agencies and residents to protect and manage water through green infrastructure, flood and climate adaptation strategies, and healthy watershed initiatives.

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Communities

We work with and assist communities on projects and initiatives focused on parks, trails, planning, mapping, climate adaptation, green infrastructure, community engagement, and many other needs.

Explore

Explore the places our supporters have had a hand in protecting, managing, or creating in southern Illinois.  These places are open to the public (unless noted) and are owned by HeartLands Conservancy or other collaborating entities, such as a state or local government.

Upcoming Events

We host numerous ways to get involved with nature, connect with others in the region, and lend a hand. Choose a favorite activity or discover something new.

SUPPORT

We rely on your generous support to protect irreplaceable green spaces and clean water in southern Illinois.

VOLUNTEER

Join a growing community passionate about land, water, and communities in southern Illinois.

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