The Upstate Update: May 2022 - May 22nd, 2022

In this month's Upstate Update, find a preview of the latest issue of our twice yearly publication, learn how you can receive a limited edition t-shirt, RSVP for our upcoming volunteer opportunity, and more. read more

Carfree commuting advice from a local expert - May 20th, 2022

In celebration of National Bike to Work Day, Mary McGowan — aka "rebelwithoutacar" — answers your burning questions about carfree commuting. read more

Meet the Team: Communications Coordinator Elizabeth Swails - May 18th, 2022

Each month, we introduce you to a member of the Upstate Forever staff through a few rapid fire questions. This month, get to know Communications Coordinator Elizabeth Swails. read more

Legislative Updates 2022: May 9 -13 - May 16th, 2022

The South Carolina General Assembly wrapped up its 2022 Legislative Session this week, closing out the second year of a two-year session. Building off the successes of last year, the conservation community has much to celebrate. Find more details in this final Legislative Update of the 2022 session! read more

By Megan Chase

Driven to Connect: Alix Pedraza - May 11th, 2022

In this excerpt from the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of the Upstate Advocate, SCDNR Diversity Outreach Manager Alix Pedraza reflects on her journey towards a career involved in protecting natural places and why she is driven to expand access to outdoor recreation areas to underrepresented audiences. read more

Driven to Advocate: Sandy Hanebrink - May 11th, 2022

In this excerpt from the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of the Upstate Advocate, Touch the Future Executive Director Sandy Hanebrink discusses her journey as a person with disabilities and advocates for expanded access to our region's treasured natural areas. read more

Driven to Heal: Mac Curry - May 11th, 2022

In this excerpt from the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of the Upstate Advocate, Mercedes "Mac" Curry — founder of PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary in Laurens County — shares how she became interested in wildlife rehabilitation and what it means to be good stewards of the Earth. read more

Driven to Preserve: Mable Owens Clarke - May 11th, 2022

In this excerpt from the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of the Upstate Advocate, Mable Owens Clarke tells the inspirational story of Soapstone Baptist Church in Pickens County and how she has worked to preserve its history. read more

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