Advocacy in Illinois

Learn about conservation efforts in Illinois and encourage lawmakers to pass policies that support water quality and pollinator habitat. Together let’s promote environmental stewardship and speak for Illinois’ trees.

Join us at one of the upcoming events at the Illinois State Capitol:


Association of Illinois Soil and Water (AISWCD) Conservation Day 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
For more information, contact Kevin Bennett

at phone # 618-954-0113


Conservation Lobby Day (with the Illinois Environmental Council)
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
For more information, contact Kevin Bennett

at phone # 618-954-0113 


Illinois Ag Day
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Learn more about the event here.
For more information, contact Debbie Fluegel

at phone # 309-613-0095.


Since 2001, Trees Forever and our partners have protected more than 67  miles of streams in Illinois. We've had more than 339  projects on Illinois farms and public lands. Together we planted more than 4,741 acres of buffers and more than 979,510  trees and shrubs. Our work continues with a focus on pollinator habitat and water quality.

Volunteers planting in Washington, Illinois following a November 2013 tornado.

Help us tell lawmakers about the importance of our woodlands and the work we do! Trees Forever is expanding planting efforts in Illinois and focusing on improving community forests--including areas recovering from natural disasters.

Did you know?

  • Illinois forest-based earnings exceed $4.5 billion annually.

  • Forest-based employment exceeds 68,000 workers and contributes nearly $30 billion in annual sales to Illinois’ economy.

  • More than $550 million is spent on recreational fishing and $150 million on hunting each year.


Learn more about pollinators.