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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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Land Trust Accreditation – Public Comment Period Open

Land Trust Accreditation – Public Comment Period Open

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...

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Join Our Team: Land Conservation Manager

Join Our Team: Land Conservation Manager

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...

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Thank you, Bill & Jim!

Thank you, Bill & Jim!

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...

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Knoll Family Wildlife Sanctuary: A Gift of Hope

Knoll Family Wildlife Sanctuary: A Gift of Hope

  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...

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It Started with a Buffalo Farm

It Started with a Buffalo Farm

  In the late 1990s, there was an explosion of suburban development in southwestern Illinois. Land was being consumed at a rapid pace. HeartLands Conservancy, at that time known as Southwestern Illinois RC&D, had been around for less than ten years when Sally...

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Conservation Log: An Update on Poag Sand Prairie (Pt 3)

Conservation Log: An Update on Poag Sand Prairie (Pt 3)

Conservation Log: An Update on Our Progress   Dear supporters of HeartLands Conservancy, It's time for part three of our Conservation Log, where we provide an update on the progress of our efforts during the Poag Restoration Project. The Poag Sand Prairie is...

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Conservation Log: An Update on Poag Sand Prairie (Pt 2)

Conservation Log: An Update on Poag Sand Prairie (Pt 2)

Conservation Log: An Update on Our Progress   Dear supporters of HeartLands Conservancy, It's time for part two of our Conservation Log, where we provide an update on the progress of our efforts during the Poag Restoration Project. To ensure we can track the...

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Request for Proposals for Legal Services

Request for Proposals for Legal Services

HLC is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified legal services firms to provide services on an as-needed basis during the calendar year 2023, with the option for HLC to renew services for a period of three (3) years (through December 31, 2025). Legal...

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Martinis in the Meadow – Special Earth Day Event

Martinis in the Meadow – Special Earth Day Event

SOLD OUT!  Have a martini and support the meadow! Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration and support at Martinis in the Meadow, a special Earth Day event benefiting HeartLands Conservancy and The Exploration Garden at Swansea Clinton Hills Conservation...

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Conservation Log: Poag Sand Prairie Restoration Project

Conservation Log: Poag Sand Prairie Restoration Project

Conservation Log: Poag Sand Prairie Restoration Project Update   Dear supporters of HeartLands Conservancy, I wanted to provide you with an update on the Poag Sand Prairie Restoration Project. Our team has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming restoration...

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Online Spring Native Plant Sale OPENS March 28th!

Online Spring Native Plant Sale OPENS March 28th!

Spring is finally here, and it's time to get your gardens ready for the season! HeartLands Conservancy is excited to announce our upcoming Online Spring Native Plant Sale, starting on Tuesday, March 28th at 9:00am CST. We've carefully selected a quality collection of...

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Keep Up with the Work of HeartLands Conservancy

Keep Up with the Work of HeartLands Conservancy

As a past donor or volunteer of HeartLands Conservancy, you know firsthand the importance of our mission to protect and preserve the natural lands and wildlife of southwestern Illinois. As we continue to work towards our goal, we want to keep you updated on our latest...

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2023 Tree Stewards Informational Session

2023 Tree Stewards Informational Session

Are you ready to become a HeartLands Conservancy Tree Steward? Join us for our informational session on February 21st at 6:00pm at the HeartLands Conservancy Office (29 E. Main Street, Belleville, IL 62220). Learn about the exciting 2023 Spring Session of the Tree...

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End of Year Letter from our President & CEO

End of Year Letter from our President & CEO

Growing up on a farm, Ed learned the importance of nature and sustainability. When he became President of the Swansea Rotary, he knew he wanted to continue those ideals by naturalizing an area of the Clinton Hills Conservation Park into a place for butterflies, and by...

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