LAND CONSERVATION RESOURCES
An asterisk (*) indicates affiliation with the Illinois Environmental Council.
AGRICULTURE WATERSHED INSTITUTE
Concerned with conservation related to agricultural watersheds in Illinois.
Mailing Address: 7 Ewing Place Decatur, IL 62522
Phone: (217) 877-5640
ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Promotes “Clean Water, Healthy Soils” in Illinois.
Mailing Address: 4285 North Walnut Street Road Springfield, Illinois 62707
Phone: (217) 744-3414
This a coalition of Southern Illinoisans who are bringing together nature enthusiasts, educators, elected officials, local government entities, social and service clubs, businesses, tourism advocates, and others to clean up Southern Illinois in pursuit of a litter-free future.
THE CONSERVATION FUND*
The Conservation Fund’s “Illinois Working Lands, Water and Wildlife Partnership is a new alliance formed to accelerate the pace of working land conservation in Illinois.” The organization’s work in Illinois “seeks to achieve regional and science-based planning goals embedded in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan and Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).” Specifically, they aim to “establish a new model of conservation...connecting statewide efforts to address water quality goals embedded in the NLRS...[and] addressing vulnerable aquatic species while simultaneously building alliances between the conservation and agricultural communities.”
For most inquiries, contact the National Office:
Mailing Address: 1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300 Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone: (703) 525-6300 Fax: (703) 525-4610
For Illinois-specific inquiries, contact Elizabeth Brawley, Illinois State Director: Phone: (303) 669-0390
FRIENDS OF ILLINOIS NATURE PRESERVES*
Fosters land donation for nature preserves and nature preserve maintenance.
Mailing Address: 224 Concord Drive DeKalb, IL 60115
FRIENDS OF THE SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST
This organization is dedicated to supporting the Shawnee National Forest “by promoting land stewardship, environmental education, and responsible outdoor recreation.”
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 612 Carbondale, IL 62903
Focused on southwestern Illinois, the group aims to, “act, advocate, and collaborate for the protection of important places and for community growth strategies that balance a healthy ecosystem and cultural heritage with economic vitality and human well-being.”
Mailing Address: 29 East Main Street Belleville, IL 62220
Phone: (618) 566-4451
First Presbyterian Church Contact: Ann Warner
ILLINOIS CLIMBERS ASSOCIATION
This a 501(c)3 charitable organization created to promote and support conservation and preservation of both rock climbing and bouldering areas, and their respective natural resources in Illinois.
ILLINOIS CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
Aims to preserve and enhance Illinois natural resources.
Mailing Address: One Natural Resources Way Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 785-2003
ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU
This organization has various interests and activities related to environmental protection, especially pollination and bees. Basic interest in food supply. Some positions may be counter to a healthy environment, especially regarding pesticide use and pollution.
Mailing Address: c/o Illinois Agricultural Association P.O. Box 2901
Bloomington, IL 61702-2901
Phone: (309) 557-2111 Fax: (309) 557-2559
ILLINOIS FORESTRY ASSOCIATION*
The Illinois Forestry Association is driven by the “belief that forestry is good for our state and country and that healthy forests must survive for future generations.”
For most inquiries, contact the main office:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 224, Chatham, IL 62629
For Southern Illinois inquiries, contact local Region 4 Director:
Phone: (270) 704-2687 (Landon Satterfield, SIU / Benton, IL)
ILLINOIS NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY, SOUTHERN CHAPTER*
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 271 Carbondale, IL 62901
THE LAND CONNECTION*
The mission of The Land Connection is to “preserve farmland in Illinois and connect sustainably-minded farmers with available farmland.” It “trains farmers in resilient, restorative farming techniques; informs the public about the sources of our food and why that matters” and thus, one goal of the organization is promote farmers’ markets.
Mailing Address: 206 North Randolph Street, Suite 400 Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 840-2128
LET THE SUN SHINE IN
This conservation program focuses on oak ecosystems in southern Illinois by connecting “federal, state, local, nongovernmental partners, and private landowners with the goals of addressing threats to woodland and forest communities, maintaining biodiversity, and reducing forest fragmentation.”
Mailing Address: 41 State Highway 146 West Golconda, IL 62938
MIDWEST GROWS GREEN
This group advocates for sustainable turf management in Illinois and the Midwest. It aims to reduce the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in order to reduce their impact on the health of people, pets and, the environment. It provides information on working to improve point-of-sale options and develop pesticide-free parks.
Mailing Address: 211 South Paterson Street, Suite 380 Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (773) 878-8245
THE MISSOURI PRAIRIE FOUNDATION
Their mission is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education, and research.
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
They protect and conserve plants and their ecosystems. They seek to inspire and educate all members of our local region about the benefits of being good environmental stewards through responsible and sustainable use of natural resources.
Gardening questions: email@example.com
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY IN ILLINOIS*
For general inquiries, please contact the main Illinois offices.
Mailing Address: The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
400 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100 Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 580-2100
For southern Illinois-specific information, please contact the Southern Illinois Program. Mailing Address: Southern Illinois Program 700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918
PRAIRIE STATE CONSERVATION COALITION*
The mission of this coalition is “to assist conservation land trusts in protecting land and water resources in Illinois.” The site also provides a map and directory of Illinois land trusts.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2547 Springfield, IL 62708
RIVER TO RIVER COOPERATIVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREA
A partnership between 13 federal and state agencies, organizations, and universities, this organization works to “cooperatively address the short and long-term effects of non-native invasive plants across jurisdictional boundaries within the 11 southern counties of Illinois.” Its focus includes: education and public awareness; early detection and rapid response; prevention; control and management; and research activities.
Phone: (815) 953-6633 (Nick Seaton, Project Coordinator)
The institute promotes agroforestry in the Midwest, including in Illinois.
Mailing Address: 2453 Atwood Avenue, Suite 209 Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 448-6432
SAVE OUR ILLINOIS LAND*
This group opposes Illinois pipelines, arguing that “carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a false solution,” which allows “the fossil fuel industry to profit at our expense...and is not profitable without subsidies.” It supports alternative energy and farmland protection.
Phone: (847) 893-9095
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS PRESCRIBED BURN ASSOCIATION
The association focuses on land management and forest ecology concerns.
Mailing Address: 945 State Highway 146 West Golconda, IL 62938
Phone: (618) 949-3729
US FOREST SERVICE
Shawnee District- The USDA Forest Service manages habitat for 220,000 miles of America’s fishable streams and rivers, along with 10 million acres of fishable lakes and reservoirs.
Email: General contact form
WAR BLUFF VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
This nature preserve of the Illinois Audubon Society is located in Pope County, Illinois. For information, please contact the Illinois Audubon Society, Shawnee Chapter:
Mailing Address: 228 Bushwack Road Golconda, IL 62938
Phone: (618) 534-0939 (John Wallace)
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