• Alliance Member
  • Accredited

The Conservation Foundation improves the health of northeastern Illinois communities by preserving and restoring open space and natural lands, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of the environment. The support of more than 6,000 members has enabled us to preserve 37,000 acres over our 50 year history. We are proud to be known as an effective and reasoned voice for conservation, and embrace a whole communities philosophy as we approach partnerships that will improve the health and quality of life of all people and natural systems in our service area.

Land Protected



  • 1987

  • Yes

  • 15

  • 6,000

  • 700

  • 22


Land trusts with public trails for guided or individual hikes, walks, biking and more.

Public Access

Land trusts that welcome visitors for activities such as walking, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, birding and more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Land trusts with volunteer opportunities, such as trail maintenance, clean ups, administrative duties, giving tours and more.

Conservation Priorities
Agricultural Land

Land trusts that protect farms and ranches to ensure sustainable food and secure agricultural ways of life.


Land trusts that protect forested lands for habitat preservation, sequestering carbon, sustainable timber, conserving wilderness and more.

Wildlife Habitat

Land trusts that protect habitat for plants and animals, such as wildlife corridors, breeding grounds and habitats for endangered species.

Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance powers our nearly 1,000 member land trusts to permanently protect and conserve the land we need and love, ensuring it will be there for today and tomorrow.