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Mission: Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of Upstate South Carolina.
Vision: An environmentally healthy, economically prosperous Upstate that offers a high quality of life now and for future generations.
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. We focus our work on the ten counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union.
Founded in 1998 by Greenville attorney Brad Wyche, Upstate Forever now has offices in Greenville and Spartanburg and a staff of 25. We've spent the past 25 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:
Wear your Upstate pride while supporting our work. When you make a gift of $25 or more, we'll send you our limited edition 25th anniversary t-shirt. Available in adult sizes S - 2XL while supplies last.
Upstate Forever celebrates 25 years of conservation and advocacy in 2023, but we could not do this important work without you. Join us as we reflect on just a few of the successes your support has made possible.
The latest edition of our twice-yearly publication celebrates Upstate Forever's 25 years of hard work, in addition to sharing the latest news and conservation successes from our team.
The transformation of this inactive rail line into a 31-mile trail is one step closer to reality. We are pleased to announce that an agreement with Norfolk Southern has been reached to sell the Saluda Grade line.
Six properties totaling 735 acres in Anderson, Greenville, and Pickens Counties were recently protected. These lands will be protected in perpetuity through conservation easements.
Your planned gift can help us achieve our goals for current and future generations, while you enjoy a wide variety of tax benefits.