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The City of Clemson puts sustainability at the forefront of conservation efforts - December 4th, 2023

Check out our recent Q&A with Clemson Mayor Robert Halfacre and City Urban and Park Land Management Director Tony Tidwell. They explain some new sustainability projects and other initiatives already underway in Clemson, including Berkeley Orchard, the "Grow a Greener Clemson" campaign, the Monarch USA accreditation, and establishing Clemson as a Certified National Wildlife Habitat. read more

Read the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of the Upstate Advocate - May 10th, 2022

We're proud to share the latest edition of Upstate Forever's twice-yearly print publication. In this issue, read the stories of six remarkable women leading the Upstate to a green, vibrant, and prosperous future, in addition to the latest news of our work across the region. read more

Human + Nature: Shelly Smith - October 28th, 2019

Shelly Smith, a nature-based counselor in Pickens, SC, reflects on the power of the outdoors to heal and restore. read more

By Shelly Smith, Licensed Counselor & Therapist

Human + Nature: Jimmy Yelton - October 28th, 2019

Jimmy Yelton, a filmmaker and farmhand from Cherokee County, loves being personally involved in the entire process of gathering his own food. read more

By Jimmy Yelton, Wedding Filmmaker & Farmhand

Human + Nature: Alice Lee - October 27th, 2019

Alice Lee, a four year old in Greenville County, discusses how nature has impacted her personally. read more

By Alice Lee, Full-Time Four Year Old

Human + Nature: Chad Carson - October 25th, 2019

An entrepreneur and Friends of the Green Crescent volunteer, Chad Carson believes the Upstate is truly special. read more

By Chad Carson, Entrepreneur

Human + Nature: Tim Lee - October 25th, 2019

Tim Lee, the Interpretive Ranger Naturalist for the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area, discusses how nature has impacted him personally. read more

By Tim Lee, Interpretive Ranger Naturalist

Human + Nature: Margaret Harrison - October 23rd, 2019

Each fall, farmer Margaret Harrison and her husband harvest sweet potatoes from their farm in Pelzer, SC. read more

By Margaret Harrison, Farmer

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