Connecting People to Nature

The Upstate Update: November 2021 - November 21st, 2021

In this month's Upstate Update, learn more about a new trail on protected property in Paris Mountain State Park, join us in thanking former Board members, learn what positions we are hiring for in early 2022, and more. read more

Hike or bike on protected property added to Paris Mountain State Park - November 18th, 2021

Sassafras Trail, a new 2.3-mile multi-use loop, was recently unveiled at Paris Mountain State Park! The trail travels a 160-acre property that was protected through a conservation easement by Upstate Forever in 2018. read more

Action Alert: Restore the Chattooga River Gorge - November 17th, 2021

Submit comments by Friday, November 26 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding Georgia Power’s application to “modernize” the Tugalo hydro facility. Removal of the Tugalo dam would restore the free-flowing condition of the Chattooga River. read more

Ag Zoning District unanimously approved! - November 17th, 2021

Greenville County Council approved a new Agricultural Preservation Zoning District — providing citizens an important and voluntary tool for preserving the county's remaining farmlands. read more

We remain concerned about PNG’s proposed pipeline in Greenville County - November 12th, 2021

This week, Piedmont Natural Gas (PNG) announced one of three proposed routes was selected for a natural gas pipeline in Greenville County. We continue to have concerns about the selected route and lack of demonstrated need for the project. read more

Greenville Journal Op-Ed: PNG pipeline threatens Greenville County’s economy and environment - November 10th, 2021

The natural gas pipeline proposed by Piedmont Natural Gas threatens Greenville County’s natural beauty and quality of life. Read the opinion-editorial we submitted to the Greenville Journal alongside our partners Frank Holleman of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Julie Turner of Friends of Northern Greenville County. read more

Honoring the Cherokee tradition of land stewardship - November 1st, 2021

A reverent and symbiotic relationship with nature was historically — and continues to be today — a cornerstone of Native American cultures, including the Cherokee. This Native American Heritage Month, we honor the Cherokee tradition of land stewardship and those that continue to protect, conserve, and enhance the natural resources. read more

Wofford researchers analyze equitable access to greenspace in Spartanburg - October 14th, 2021

Wofford College professors, student fellows, and community context experts recently set out to evaluate the quality of and access to greenspaces within various Spartanburg communities, with a particular focus on the prevalence of high quality parks in areas with higher concentrations of Hispanic and BIPOC residents. read more

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