Volunteers Needed!

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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The Upstate Update: August 2021

August 16th, 2021

The Upstate Update is a digital newsletter curated and shared each month that offers insights into Upstate Forever's recent work, highlights upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, and shares other conservation and advocacy news.

We post the Upstate Update here on the Upstate Forever blog each month. If you would like to receive the Upstate Update directly in your email inbox, please sign up for the mailing list.


664 Acres Permanently Protected in Abbeville County

We're delighted to announce the recent protection of two properties in Abbeville County totaling 664 acres.

Morrow Creek Timbers is a nearly 430-acre property comprising hardwood forests, 30 acres of wetlands, and a 6-acre pond. MROS Preserve is approximately 239 acres of pine and hardwood forest and frontage on Gill Creek, a tributary of the Savannah River.

Read more about these recently protected properties in this month's newsletter


Also in this month's update:

  • Action Alert: Protect Greenville's rural land!
    On Tuesday, Greenville Co. Council will hold the 3rd & final reading of an ordinance to replace the contentious land development regulation Article 3.1. It is critical that Council members hear that YOU want to see staff's recommended ordinance adopted AS IS, with no harmful amendments at 3rd reading. Click here to read more & contact Council.

  • Citizens Planning Academy
    Do you want to know more about the processes that determine what is allowed to be built — and where — in the City of Greenville? Apply now for the Fall 2021 Citizens Planning Academy, a free course designed to help Greenvillians become more effective and engaged in the processes that drive local planning and land use policy decisions. Apply now

  • Thank you, Mast General Store! 
    Each summer, Mast General Stores host Land Trust Day, an unofficial holiday that celebrates the work of land trusts like Upstate Forever. This year, we were honored to receive 20% of Mast General Greenville's sales on Land Trust Day, which resulted in a donation of more than $9,300 to Upstate Forever!

And more! 

Click here to view this month's Upstate Update

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