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Upstate Forever is seeking a Land Policy Grassroots Specialist to join our Land Planning & Policy program staff. Applications for this role must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2023.

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Traversing approximately 30 miles from Upstate South Carolina through Western North Carolina lies the inactive Saluda Grade railroad.

A coalition of three local nonprofit organizations — Upstate Forever, PAL, and Conserving Carolina — are working together to transform this unused line into a vibrant trail corridor passing through downtown Inman, Gramling, Campobello, Landrum, Tryon, and Saluda, as well as the picturesque Piedmont countryside, the Pacolet River valley with its plunging waterfalls, and the spectacular scenery around the Green River and Lake Summit. 

Breaking news: Agreement reached with Norfolk Southern to purchase the Saluda Grade rail line - March 16th, 2023

Conserving Carolina; PAL: Play, Advocate, Live Well; and Upstate Forever are pleased to announce that an agreement with Norfolk Southern has been reached to sell the 31-mile rail line for use as a recreational rail trail. read more

UF and partners seek to buy Saluda Grade for rail trail - July 20th, 2022

A coalition of nonprofits including Upstate Forever are working to purchase the inactive Saluda Grade railroad corridor for a new approximately 31-mile rail trail. read more

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