Strategic Priorities

Land & Water Conservation

Conserve Natural Areas, Farmland, and Cultural Resources. We will protect our region's landscapes, waters and habitats—the places in southwestern Illinois that provide a healthy region for wildlife, plants, and people. Because of rapid development, we risk losing essential habitats, cultural resources, and restoration opportunities that will affect our quality of life forever. This closing window of opportunity demands that we work together, with immediacy, to ensure the character and resiliency of our region into the future. Our focus is to protect and restore biodiversity within natural areas, as well as, working farms and our region's cultural resources.

Resilient Communities

Build Healthy, Resilient Communities – We will improve the resiliency and quality of life of communities and rural areas in our region. We will assist communities in addressing complex development and environmental issues through planning and policy, ordinances, active outdoor recreation and natural resource guidance, restoration projects, education, and training. We will provide innovative programs for the diverse communities of our region – rural communities, legacy cities, and suburban growth centers.

Engagement & Education

Engage People with Nature and Foster Connections to the Land – We will develop the next generation of conservationists in our region. We will engage a diverse spectrum of the public in an effort to illustrate the importance of our landscapes to our health, economy, and way of life through public access to properties as appropriate, recreational opportunities, stewardship activities, and educational programs. We will provide opportunities for all the people of our region to directly experience and enjoy the beauty, excitement, and value of our lands and waters.

Our People

We are able to fortify our organization by investing in our own capacity. We are committed to recruiting and retaining an engaged team of staff and Board of Directors to provide oversight, leadership and expertise. We will work together to further our vision for Southwestern Illinois.

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.