The Upstate Update: December 2020

December 14th, 2020

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.

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PNG halts pipeline project

Last month we announced UF's opposition to a natural gas transmission pipeline proposed for northern Greenville Co. by Piedmont Natural Gas (PNG). We are now glad to share that PNG has dropped plans for the proposed route from Travelers Rest to Taylors and is reevaluating the project that our evaluation deemed unnecessary with likely negative environmental impacts. Read more

Also in this month's update: 

  • HNRT moves to 3rd Council reading
    Greenville County Council held a public hearing and unanimously passed the second reading of the Greenville Co. Historic and Natural Resources Trust (HNRT) earlier this month, which would establish a conservation fund to protect the County's special places. The final reading of the ordinance will be on Dec. 15 at 5:00 pm. Want to receive dedicated email updates about the HNRT? Click here
  • Local water expert panel discussion
    Did you catch the recent screening of Brave Blue World hosted by Renewable Water Resources? Clean Water Director Erika Hollis joined fellow local water experts from Lake Conestee Nature Preserve and Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District to discuss the future of water in the Upstate following the film. Watch a recording of the virtual discussion on YouTube here.

  • Upstate landscapes inspire artists
    The latest issue of the Upstate Advocate showcases the work and words of nine talented local artists who draw energy, comfort, and creativity from the Upstate's landscapes. You can view excerpts from this issue on our blog here, or click here to view a digital version of the full newsletter. Please email us if you'd like to be on the list for future issues.

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