HeartLands Conservancy originated under the name Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation & Development in 1989. As part of the Resource Conservation & Development program, local community leaders from throughout Southwestern Illinois united in an effort to protect the region's unique and vast natural resources. In 2004 Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation & Development was recognized as the Outstanding Council of the Year (out of 375 Councils nationwide) by the National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils.
We know and love the characteristics that shape our region, the scenic landscapes of rolling rural farmland, the calm open spaces, rich woodlands, waterways, wetlands and vibrant communities. Collectively, they compose the land closest to our hearts – the region we call home.
HeartLands Conservancy is dedicated to advancing our work through sustaining and enriching the region's finest qualities to ensure lasting enjoyment and benefits. Our desire to invest in our region ensures future generations may live, work and build memories here.