Mission, Vision and Values

As we continually expand and grow amidst an ever-changing region it is imperative we assess our strategic priorities that shape our organization and the direction for our future success in the years to come. Our strategic priorities plan began with redefining the core values we adhere to, reshaping our mission statement to further focus our intent and direction, and articulating our vision for Southwestern Illinois.

Throughout the planning process we have continued to value open and shared communication to effectively evaluate our priorities and guiding principals. Through the collaboration of community input and support from our staff and Board of Directors, we have developed a strategic priorities plan. This will guide us into the future with a vision and clear purpose while acknowledging our past successes and future challenges.

Our Mission

Provide leadership and solutions to sustain and enrich the diverse environmental resources of Southwestern Illinois.  

Our Vision

Communities with healthy and sustainable air, land and water resources for current and future generations.

Our Values

Value 1 -Excellence

We strive for excellence and accountability in the delivery of our programs, products and services. We focus on an organization-wide sense of striving rather than settling, and of enjoying the journey.

Value 2 – Innovation

We research and apply innovative technologies and practices in our conservation and planning efforts. We welcome change, and as such have learned to scan, adapt and evolve repeatedly and rapidly, in order to stay one step ahead of outside influences.

Value 3 – Conservation

We research and apply innovative technologies and practices in our conservation and planning efforts. We welcome change, and as such have learned to scan, adapt and evolve repeatedly and rapidly, in order to stay one step ahead of outside influences.

Value 4 – Appreciation of Nature

We respect and appreciate the ecological, economic and cultural values nature provides for our Southwestern Illinois communities, and actively engage others in our programs and events in an effort to extend our passion.

Value 5 – Integrity

We honor and uphold the trust placed in us by others and remain open, ethical and forthright in our activities; all of which are strictly voluntary. Our actions are based upon a well-thought out framework of principles.

Value 6 – Collaboration

We enthusiastically collaborate with others who share our vision. We listen, respect and share resources. We believe that collaborative and cooperative interaction builds ownership and commitment producing meaningful outcomes.

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.