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Join Upstate Forever and TreesUpstate for a socially distanced morning removing invasive plant species and taking care of trees at Greenville's Conestee Nature Preserve on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

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Greenville County Council considers repealing Article 3.1. But what should take its place? - March 30th, 2021

Article 3.1, a local land development regulation, has been controversial since it was adopted by Greenville County County several years ago. Recently, Council discussed the potential of repealing it. Fortunately, however, they have opted to amend it instead. Here is what we would like to see in new development regulations that would slow sprawl, protect farms and natural resources, and ensure development happens where our region's roads and infrastructure can support it. read more

Conquering Kudzu with a Little Help from Our Four-Legged Friends - March 30th, 2021

Local organizations are turning to unexpected helpers to control the invasive plant species kudzu. read more

By Caitlyn Smith Gendusa

Legislative Updates 2021: March 22-26 - March 28th, 2021

The General Assembly now has 7 weeks of deliberations ahead before they finish the year on May 13. Read the latest updates on bills we are tracking in the latest Legislative Update. read more

By Shelley Robbins

The Upstate Update: March 2021 - March 25th, 2021

In this month's Upstate Update, we share a list of some of the Upstate’s less traveled trails where you can take in spring’s best sights, information about some informative and engaging upcoming virtual events, an update on Greenville County's controversial Article 3.1, and more. read more

Waterfalls and Wildflowers: 5 great Upstate hikes to take in the sights and sounds of spring - March 23rd, 2021

It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and explore our region’s natural splendor. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of some of the Upstate’s less traveled trails where you can take in some of spring’s best sights and sounds. read more

Legislative Updates 2021: March 15-19 - March 22nd, 2021

As we head toward the April 10 crossover date, the pace has picked up. This week's Legislative Update from Energy & State Policy Director Shelley Robbins includes *a lot* of bill updates, including an unexpected floor fight on S. 525, the Pyrolysis Bill. read more

By Shelley Robbins

Speak for the Trees: Forest Stewardship - March 16th, 2021

Forestland is vital to retain the Upstate’s rich landscapes and traditions. Land Conservation Specialist Caitlyn Gendusa shares resources for landowners looking to improve forest health and wildlife habitat while harvesting timber. read more

By Caitlyn Smith Gendusa

Legislative Updates 2021: March 8-12 - March 15th, 2021

We are halfway through the Spring 2021 Legislative Session! Read on for the latest updates on several bills we are tracking, as well as a deep dive on the Solar HOA Bill. read more

By Shelley Robbins

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