About the Land Conservation Foundation

Founded in 2003, the Land Conservation Foundation (LCF) is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Most of our efforts take place in Champaign and Piatt counties.

Misson Statement: LCF’s mission is to preserve and restore natural communities in East Central Illinois, to create interconnected corridors, to provide wildlife habitat, and connect people and nature for future generations.



The Land Conservation Foundation’s focus is:

  • Preservation of natural, diverse, undeveloped ecosystems, and the restoration of developed lands, especially those involving creek and river bottoms, wet lands and woods, with a priority on those lands that are threatened by development
  • Encouragement of scientific and educational activities on these lands so they may serve as living museums to improve understanding of natural heritage
  • Acquisition (fee simple or conservation rights), restoration, and preservation of lands with a special emphasis on providing wildlife corridors between recovering and natural ecosystems
  • Coordination with other agencies to protect natural and potentially restorable lands from damage from agricultural runoff and urban infringement
  • Education of the public about the importance of preserving these lands

We strive to educate landowners regarding programs available to them that will assure their land will be preserved in its natural state. We will also help landowners identify programs that that provide financial incentives for preservation or natural restoration of their land (if available). We also purchase lands with the long-term commitment to keeping the land in its natural state.

Coverage Area

map of Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt, DeWitt, and Ford Counties
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