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The Prairie State’s Prairies Are Almost Gone

The Prairie State’s Prairies Are Almost Gone

 llinois is known as "the Prairie State," and prairies used to cover two-thirds of the state. Today, only 0.01% of original prairie remains in Illinois. Bison, cougars, grassland birds, turtles, frogs, butterflies, bees, and a vast array of plants were all a part of...

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Leaving a Legacy of Farming for the Next Generation

Leaving a Legacy of Farming for the Next Generation

As land is passed down from generation to generation, it sometimes becomes sold for other uses. In the Shiloh Valley, many of the historic farms have now become subdivisions, shopping centers, and even a military base. By 2010, when Pat Fahey became the owner of his 160-acre Shiloh Valley farm, he wanted to make sure it would stay a farm forever.

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We’re Hiring: Operations Coordinator

We’re Hiring: Operations Coordinator

HeartLands Conservancy, a nonprofit land conservation trust serving southern Illinois seeks an Operations Coordinator to assist with the coordination of our busy and growing operations in Belleville, Illinois.  Position Summary The Operations Coordinator is a new...

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Safe Routes to Henry Raab School

Safe Routes to Henry Raab School

Henry Raab Elementary School in Belleville, IL, needed a strategy to encourage and increase the number of students walking or cycling to and from school. The school collaborated with Illinois Public Health Institute, Gateway Region YMCA Downtown Belleville, and HeartLands Conservancy to make it safe, easy, and fun for students to walk and bike to school.

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Monarchs and Pollinators are Declining. Southern Illinois Can Help Save Them.

Monarchs and Pollinators are Declining. Southern Illinois Can Help Save Them.

The iconic Monarch butterfly is one pollinator experiencing steep declines. Its population has lost 85% in the last 25 years, and this past winter, overwintering populations declined nearly 60% from 2022 – the second worst year for monarchs ever. In the late summer and early fall in southern Illinois, monarch butterflies travel on a 2,500-mile journey from our area and the northern U.S. and Canada to the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico, where they spend the winter.

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The Birds Are Calling

The Birds Are Calling

Imagine that you are in the midst of a long journey, your eyelids are heavy, your legs are stiff, and you desperately need a break. But what do you do if there's nowhere to stop? From Canadian rivers up north to the Gulf of Mexico down south, our region sits squarely...

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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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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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