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:
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:
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.
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.
The newly redesigned website GoPaddleSC.com makes connecting with our state’s gorgeous blueways easier than ever. Search paddling trips by difficulty, duration, and location, and see real-time water flow reports.