Connecting People to Nature

Choose your own adventure: Upstate paddle trips for all skill and thrill levels - September 25th, 2020

GIS Coordinator Katie Hottel shares four favorite paddle trips in the Upstate in celebration of World Rivers Day. read more

By Katie Hottel

Dr. John Quinn: We should see waterways & forests as economic assets - June 10th, 2020

The environmental aesthetic of the Upstate is something most, if not all, of us value. But how does that relative value translate to dollar value? Dr. John Quinn, an associate professor of Biology at Furman, explores the economic value of our region's natural resources. read more

Our commitment to racial justice - June 3rd, 2020

Upstate Forever envisions a future that is healthy, vibrant, and prosperous, that offers a high quality of life now and for future generations. That vision cannot become a reality for all who call the Upstate home while racial violence and systemic injustices exist in our communities and across the country. read more

We should all have access to clean and safe outdoor spaces - May 20th, 2020

Land Policy Director Lisa Hallo reflects on what easy access to nature has meant for her during difficult times. read more

By Lisa Hallo

Brooks and Kay Wade: Our lakes, rivers, & streams make the Upstate beautiful - May 12th, 2020

The owners and operators of Jocassee Lake Tours share what makes the Upstate's waters special. read more

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - April 22nd, 2020

While we can’t join together to celebrate this momentous anniversary and day of action, we can celebrate together, apart. We've compiled some ways you can join us to recognize Earth Day 2020. read more

COVID Weekly Update: April 17, 2020 - April 17th, 2020

In this week's update, we'll take you along on a virtual stewardship site visit, share a fun and family-friendly outdoor activity, and more. read more

COVID Weekly Update: April 10, 2020 - April 10th, 2020

Earth Month has arrived! While this year's celebration certainly feels different than any other, we're offering some ways we can honor Earth Month together — virtually — in this week's update. read more

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