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HeartLands Conservancy to host Southwestern Illinois Communities Conference

HeartLands Conservancy will host its annual Southwestern Illinois Communities Conference on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville. Breakfast and networking will start at 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 8 a.m.

heartlandsconservancylogoThe meeting will focus on “Bringing forests back to communities”, and will feature Meridith McAvoy Perkins, who manages the Urban Forestry Consortium powered by Davey Resource Group, as the keynote speaker. Meridith will be speaking about the demand for high quality, cost effective, municipal tree management solutions to challenges such as winter storm recovery, emerald ash borer preparedness, hazard tree removals, tree inventory, and new plantings.

HeartLands Conservancy will also present Marty Kemper to discuss widespread tree damage observed throughout the southwest Illinois region. Marty is a retired IDNR biologist and avid naturalist

The organization will also honor their Community Members and feature highlights of their region’s advancements in sustainability and natural resource conservation. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Board of Directors, staff, and members of the organization.

Tickets are $25 for HeartLands Conservancy members and $30 for non-members. For additional event details, or to register, contact Kim O’Bryan, Director of Development & Events, (618) 566-4451 ext. 10, or register on the website:

— The Illinois Business Journal

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