Since 1989, HeartLands Conservancy has been a catalyst for transformative change and resilience for the lands, waters, heritage, and communities in southern Illinois.

Our Mission

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.

Our Approach

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.


We have conserved over 60 places – more than 10,000 acres – that support farming, wildlife habitat, cultural heritage, community well-being , and scenic beauty. Our organization is actively growing a network of people and places committed to conserving and improving southern Illinois.