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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:
Pipelines 101 is a four-part webinar series about the regulations, construction, land use implications, and engagement options surrounding FERC-regulated proposed natural gas pipelines.
Nearly 200 people attended the Greenville Housing Forum to learn how "missing middle" housing can help meet increased demand for walkable, affordable urban living.
Learn how Upstate Forever, Greenville County and City, GHS, and other partners fought tooth and nail to bring the game-changing GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail to life.
Is donating directly from a qualified IRA still possible under the new tax laws? Yes! Attorney Cary Hall explains how the new tax code could impact your giving.
Check out our blueway maps to find river access locations, recommended skill levels, river rapids, recommended flow levels and other useful information.
Your voice is needed as Greenville City and County update their Comprehensive Plans this year! Join our comp plan mailing list to receive updates and alerts on how you can participate.