CARING FOR THE LANDS, WATERS, AND
COMMUNITIES OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
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.
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...
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. HeartLands Conservancy is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A...
LAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM MANAGER December 7, 2023 – The Land Conservation Manager will manage and oversee land protection, stewardship, restoration, and acquisition projects. This includes implementing a Conservation Strategic Plan; developing landowner contacts and...
HeartLands Conservancy is thankful for the contributions of time and talent - many hours of work - provided by our Board of Directors. In 2023, we say thank you to two outgoing board members whose terms are expiring. Bill Reichert Bill Reichert joined the Board of...
Carol Gentry is an amazing volunteer. Learn why she and her husband, David, share their time and talent with HeartLands Conservancy.
Nestled right in the warehouse district by I-255 is a special place, unique and critical to the survival of a disappearing landscape. Many years ago, Mary Knoll Sullivan's family found refuge in the old farmhouse that sat on the land. The serene property...
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.
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 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.
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.
We rely on your generous support to protect irreplaceable green spaces and clean water in southern Illinois.
Join a growing community passionate about land, water, and communities in southern Illinois.