How Upstate Forever is responding to COVID-19

Our Greenville and Spartanburg offices have closed while Upstate Forever staff work from home to help protect the health of each other, our families, and our communities. But while we are not together in the office, we remain together in our continued efforts to protect our region's critical lands, waters, and unique character.

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The Upstate Update: June 2019 - June 25th, 2019

In this month's Upstate Update, learn about a nearly 1,000-acre expansion to Jones Gap State Park, plus find fun summer activities across the Upstate and mark your calendars for several upcoming events. read more

Nearly 1,000 acres protected, donated to Jones Gap State Park - June 24th, 2019

Jones Gap State Park has become approximately 25 percent larger following a donation of 955 acres to the SC Department of Parks, Recreations & Tourism from The Nature Conservancy. The property, known as Gap Creek, is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by Upstate Forever. read more

How to Preserve Nature While Hiking and Camping - June 13th, 2019

8 tips to keep in mind as you enjoy the great outdoors to help protect our natural surroundings for wildlife and future visitors. read more

The Upstate Update: May 2019 - May 22nd, 2019

In this month's Upstate Update, we celebrate the results of the Duke Energy basic facilities charge case, report on the ending of the 2019 state Legislative Session, and share how you can get your own exclusive "Be the Upstate" tee. read more

Duke Energy’s Proposed Basic Facilities Charge Slashed - May 21st, 2019

Upstate Forever partnered with the Southern Environmental Law Center, the NAACP, and the Coastal Conservation League to intervene in the Duke Energy rate case. After many months of hearings and deliberation, the Public Service Commission of South Carolina has issued the final order: Duke’s basic facilities charge will be raised to $11.96 instead of the proposed $28. read more

By Shelley Robbins

What Missing Middle Housing Means for Greenville - May 14th, 2019

We asked Armand Regnaert — an intern with the City of Greenville who completed a case study on missing middle housing in Greenville — what missing middle housing means for Greenville. read more

Legislative Updates 2019: Week 18 - May 10th, 2019

In the final 48 hours of the 2019 Legislative Session, both of our tracked solar bills (the Energy Freedom Act and Solar on Superfund) passed and now await Governor McMaster's signature. And they passed unanimously! This and more in the final Legislative Update of 2019. read more

By Shelley Robbins

Legislative Updates 2019: Week 17 - May 5th, 2019

Heading in to the last week of the 2019 session, the Energy Freedom Act gets a surprise second reading, the Solar on Superfund bill hits the house floor, and dueling offshore drilling resolutions advance. read more

By Shelley Robbins

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