Advocacy in Illinois

Learn about conservation efforts in Illinois and encourage lawmakers to pass policies that support water quality and pollinator habitat. Trees Forever & partners will be at the Illinois Capitol on the following days:

Conservation Districts Legislative Day

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

For Conservation Districts Legislative Day, Trees Forever and the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) will talk with lawmakers about conservation policies.

Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Capitol Building for a group photo. Then we'll meet with legislators at the Capitol Building and Stratton Building. From 4 - 6 p.m., advocates and legislators will go to a reception at Boone's Saloon (located at 301 W. Edwards, Springfield, IL.) Attendees must register by March 3, 2017. Register by clicking here.



Illinois Ag Day

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day is an opportunity to talk about promoting environmental stewardship.

Breakfast at State House Inn starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by legislator visits at the Capitol Complex.

 Click here for more details about the day.

If you would like to join us and get more involved, please contact Debbie Fluegel at 309-613-0095, or Barb Grabner-Kerns at 217-561-1062.


Since 2001, Trees Forever and our partners have protected more than 52 miles of streams in Illinois. We've had more than 220 projects on Illinois farms and public lands. Together we planted more than 4,000 acres of buffers and more than 914,000 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.