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On April 14th, 2011, both the US House of Representatives and the Senate passed legislation, which in part terminated funding to the Resource Conservation & Development program. Later that same year, in an effort to better define its activities and programs to the general public, the Board of Directors legally changed the name of the organization to HeartLands Conservancy.

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.

Your Donation Will Help.

Your support in our membership program matters. Funds generated through the membership program directly support staff in working with landowners in protecting farmland and natural areas, as well as providing outreach related to building greener communities, and reconnecting people to our lands and waters through our seasonal treks and workshops.