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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.
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 21. We've spent the past 21 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:
The latest issue celebrates the native plant and animal species that make life here richer, healthier, and more colorful — in addition to sharing the latest news and updates from our team.
Our nationally accredited land trust protected more than 1,000 acres across Upstate SC this summer. Join us in celebrating this huge conservation success!
Watch the recording of a panel discussion featuring representatives from community and environmental groups regarding environmental justice issues in Upstate South Carolina.
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.
As our region grows, it’s more important than ever to recognize the tremendous value of water — and to fight to protect it.
Your planned gift can help us achieve our goals for current and future generations, while you enjoy a wide variety of tax benefits.