The Upstate Update: August 2023

August 21st, 2023

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.

Celebrating 25 Years

Our organization has spent the past 25 years forging relationships with business leaders, municipalities, elected officials, community advocates, and fellow conservation organizations. We are proud of our accomplishments, and are honored to continue to serve the Upstate by working to protect its land, water, and special character.

We could not do any of this important work without you — our generous supporters, funders, and advocates. Check out our blog for a complete list of 25 highlights from 25 years.

Read more in the August Upstate Update

Also in the month's newsletter:

  • Plan Spartanburg adopted
    On August 14th, Spartanburg City Council unanimously adopted Plan Spartanburg (the city's new comprehensive plan). Congratulations to every resident who helped shape Plan Spartanburg! Stay in the know about the Plan and land policy updates by joining our Spartanburg email list at
  • Join our team!
    UF is seeking a Land Conservation Operations Coordinator to join our nationally-accredited land trust staff. This full-time position will play an integral role in facilitating the conservation easement process and can be based out of Upstate Forever's Greenville or Spartanburg office with a hybrid remote schedule available.
  • Limited edition UF T-Shirts
    Want to wear your Upstate pride while supporting our work? We're celebrating our 25th anniversary with a limited edition t-shirt featuring a tree ring design to commemorate 25 years of hard work, growth, and success — yours with a gift of $25 or more. Snag one today at! (Available in adult sizes S - 2XL while supplies last.)
  • Plant a seed with planned giving
    Did you know August is National Make-a-Will Month? By including Upstate Forever in your will, trust, or estate plans, you can help safeguard the Upstate's natural resources and protect our region's high quality of life for future generations. To learn more about planned gift options, please contact Aldon Knight at

Read more in the August Upstate Update

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