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HeartLands Conservancy adds new planner, project manager

HeartLands Conservancy recently added a new associate environmental planner and project manager to its team in order to keep up with the growing demands for environmental services in the region.

Simon Nogin joined HeartLands in November 2019. In addition to working on comprehensive community planning, Nogin works on green infrastructure planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and sustainable development initiatives. He is a member of the American Planning Association, and is a Public Interest Design SEED certified professional.

“I’m thrilled to be working for a regional nonprofit with 30 years of experience in environmental stewardship, conservation, public engagement, and building healthy and resilient communities. HeartLands has played such a pivotal role in this region, and I look forward to doing my part to improve conservation and to build strong communities here in southwestern Illinois.”

Tyler Burk joined the organization as a project manager in December 2019. Burk is a certified Civil Engineer in Training with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science. He has a passion for watershed management and has worked on urban and agricultural non-point source pollution prevention projects for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

“It is an honor to be joining a highly reputable nonprofit organization that has helped improve water quality in numerous watersheds throughout southwestern Illinois. I look forward to continue the HeartLands legacy by helping develop watershed management plans and implementing a variety of pollution prevention Best Management Practices.”

HeartLands Conservancy President and CEO, Mary Vandevord, said, “I am so pleased to have Simon and Tyler join our growing staff. They bring experience in urban planning, engineering, stormwater management, and sustainability efforts and will work closely with our partner communities and counties on improving the quality of life of the region.”

Nogin can be reached at (618) 566-4451 ext. 16 or Tyler Burk, project manager, can be reached at 618.566.4451 ext. 25 or

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