Community Forestry

Trees provide many benefits to the communities of the region. They clean our air and water, reduce flooding, increase property values, create wildlife habitat, and much more.

In St. Louis Metro East (Illinois) communities, the overall tree canopy ranges between 10% and 30% but could increase to 40-60% with a regionally coordinated effort. 

We believe that community forestry efforts can bring significant quality of life and climate adaptation improvements to local communities. We are working to increase tree canopy and our community forests’ health by engaging directly with residents and communities in southwestern Illinois. 

HeartLands Conservancy can assist with forestry resources, community tree planting, Tree City USA designation, ordinances, and more. We also provide a volunteer base of Tree Stewards that can assist with trees on public property.

For more information on our Community Forestry services, contact

Laura Lyon

(618) 566-4451 ex 22