Protecting Our Unique Character

About Upstate Forever

Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of Upstate South Carolina. 

Over the past two decades, we have worked to protect the natural assets that make the Upstate so special — our farmlands, forests, natural areas, rivers, and clean air. We are committed to ensuring that our communities are vibrant and retain their green spaces, outdoor heritage, and unique identities in the face of rapid development and significant sprawl.

Upstate Forever works with landowners, communities, and local stakeholders to balance growth with the protection of our natural resources. Our vision is an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous Upstate that offers a high quality of life now and for future generations.

We focus our work on the ten counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union.

Our primary goals are to:

  • Protect land and water
  • Foster a love of place
  • Convey the importance of now
  • Serve as a trusted community champion

History and successes

Founded in 1998 by Greenville attorney Brad Wyche, Upstate Forever now has offices in Greenville and Spartanburg and a staff of 18. We've spent the past 19 years forging relationships with business leaders and municipalities. Our reputation for common-sense solutions has earned us wide-spread respect across the Upstate region and beyond.

Upstate Forever's track record of success includes:

  • Playing a key role in securing and opening of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which has revolutionized Greenville and Travelers Rest
  • Preventing a coal ash landfill in Pickens County and a mega-landfill in Spartanburg County
  • Mobilizing public opposition to stop Duke Energy’s proposed substation and transmission line across the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Protecting more than 21,000 acres on 114 properties across the Upstate through voluntary land easement as the first nationally accredited land trust organization in South Carolina

More success stories

Message from the Founder

Financial Reports

 
Photo: Ed Land

What’s Happening

ForeverGreen

ForeverGreen Luncheon Awards & Speaker

The 2018 ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon will be February 27th, 2018 at the Greenville Embassy Suites. Our keynote speaker this year is Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

GLASSY

GLASSY MOUNTAIN APPEAL FILED

We’ve filed an appeal against the Pickens County Planning Commission about a proposed 254-home subdivision on the side of Glassy Mountain, a rare geologic formation and a Pickens Icon.

HESTER

HESTER DAIRY PROTECTED

Our Land Trust recently closed a conservation easement on Hester Dairy Farm. Upstate Forever protects over 21,000 acres on 114 properties across the Upstate through voluntary conservation easements.

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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