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Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation
and Development Council

Helping Central Indiana's people protect and develop their economic, natural, and social resources

The Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development Council, a nonprofit organization, has been a resource for central Indiana for more than sixty years.   We connect people, projects, and tools to help local communities identify and solve local problems based in natural resources. 

The Mission

We are a unique organization that helps people care for, conserve and protect natural resources in a way that will improve the area's economy, environment, and living standards.  Hoosier Heartland, like all RC&Ds, provides a framework for partnerships and alliances to develop between diverse groups: local citizens, government agencies, and technical experts.

What We Believe

We are a liason between communities/citizens and government, working to identify and secure needed services and assistence to solve local natural resource concerns. We believe in local control and wisely-planned development. Local residents are in the best position to identify ways to enhance their communities' quality of natural resources, economy, and environment. Wise land use requires considering the needs and value of all natural resources: soil and water, air and plants, humans and animals.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Hoosier Heartland RC&D Council denounces systemic racism, discrimination, and inequality. Racism, discrimination, and inequality of any kind go against our core values, which include respect for people and cultures, and the unification of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. Hoosier Heartland seeks diverse voices, actively listens, engages in dialogue, thinks critically, and takes meaningful action toward creating solutions to our natural resource issues that serve and value people equally. Our goals for helping people care for, conserve and protect natural resources in a way that will improve the area's economy, environment, and living standards cannot be realized without justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We expect these values to be a component of all our projects. 

Our Partners and People
Partners are invaluable resources. The council has traditionally consisted of representatives from our region's County Commissioners' Offices, the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the local county Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. Together these representatives have supported an extensive network of volunteers and sponsors. Likewise, over the years our volunteer committees have worked on a variety of topics and accomplished a great deal. Committee members have come from all walks of life but are brought together by their interest in making Central Indiana a greener, healthier, and more prosperous place to live.   

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Our Board of Directors

Paula Baldwin, President

Heather Bacher

Mike Baldwin

Rebecca Fletcher

Aaron Stump

To reach any of our board members, please use the contact form below.

Select Current and Past Projects

  • Women4theLand Initiative

  • Free Trees Indy

  • The Grow Initiative and Plant-A-Million

  • Millersville Neighborhood Association Invasives and     Native Plant Project

  • Rural Entrepreneur Network

  • Camp Gallhue Environmental Educators Workshop

  • Dry Fire Hydrant Installations

  • Retention and Detention Pond Development, Landscaping and Maintenance 

  • USDA Technical Release 55 Urban Hydrology for Small Watersheds engineer workshops

  • Land Improvement Contactor Workshops

  • Rain Garden Development and Maintenance Projects, Workshops and Materials

  • Forestry Best Management Practices Field Days

  • Backyard Tree Farm Program


If you are interested in the work Resource Conservation and Development Councils do, you can learn more from the National Association of RC&Ds.



P.O. Box 8121

Greenwood, IN  46142


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