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Since 1989, HeartLands Conservancy has been focused on protecting and restoring the natural resources that sustain the communities of southwestern Illinois.

Our organization was founded as the nonprofit arm of a federal Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) program through the USDA. Our founders were natural resource and agricultural leaders from seven counties in southwestern Illinois - Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Bond, Clinton, Washington and Randolph counties. Our founders recognized early on that to make a meaningful impact for the environment in our region, our efforts would need to focus not only on protecting pristine natural areas, but on restoring nature where it has been degraded, enriching the communities of our region, promoting responsible development, and sharing our knowledge with others. In 2011, when the RC&D program was de-funded, we evolved into an independent charitable organization focused on natural and cultural resource conservation and policy.

In late 2017, we adopted a strategic plan that focuses on four priorities:


To date we have conserved 8,760 acres of that support farms, wildlife habitat, endangered and threatened species, and scenic beauty. 

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.