Balancing Growth with Resource Protection

Keep the Upstate beautiful

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Envisioning a new rail-to-trail corridor

Saluda Grade Rail Trail

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Do you own land you’d like to protect?

Learn About Land Conservation

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The planet’s most important resource

Safe and Plentiful Water

Learn the value of water

Upstate South Carolina is growing

Advocate for Smart Growth

Land planning & policy

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Inclusive Conservation

Our Commitment

What’s Happening

Saluda

Saluda Grade Rail Trail

We are proud to be among several nonprofits working to transform the inactive Saluda Grade railroad corridor into an approximately 31-mile rail trail that would run from Inman, SC to Zirconia, NC.

Limited

Limited Edition Tees

Wear your Upstate pride while supporting our work. When you make a gift of $35 or more, we'll send you our brand new tee celebrating special species of the Upstate. Available in sage or cream while supplies last.

The

The Upstate Advocate

The latest issue shares the stories of six remarkable women leading the Upstate to a green, vibrant, and prosperous future, in addition to the latest news of our work across the region.

Our

Our advocacy priorities

Our team advocates for local and state policies that will help further our mission to protect the critical lands, waters, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina.

Diversity,

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

To realize our vision of a future that is healthy, vibrant, and prosperous for the Upstate, we know it is vitally important and essential to our core values that we engage the diverse community we serve.

Giving

Giving Back

Your planned gift can help us achieve our goals for current and future generations, while you enjoy a wide variety of tax benefits.

IT’S NOW OR NEVER

Preserve our region’s character

Growth in the Upstate is skyrocketing. We must act immediately to protect our region’s natural resources and unique character from unchecked sprawl and short-sighted development practices. Join our mailing list to receive news, updates, and action alerts.

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