Since 1989, HeartLands Conservancy has been a catalyst for transformative change and resilience for the lands, waters, heritage, and communities in southern Illinois.
The mission of HeartLands Conservancy is to empower and collaborate with the people of Southern Illinois to advance and protect the health of our distinctive communities and nationally significant natural and cultural resources.
As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of ecological, cultural, and community value, HeartLands Conservancy is southern Illinois’ largest conservation nonprofit. For over 30 years, the organization has been an advocate and partner for the protection of important places and the development of solutions that balance conservation strategies with economic sustainability and human well-being. We believe that all people in southern Illinois should have clean air and water, places for nature to thrive, healthy food, and high-quality outdoor experiences.