The Upstate Update: December 2021

December 20th, 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.

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Thanks to your support, this year Upstate Forever has:

If you have given this year, we thank you. Your additional gift will go directly toward protecting critical lands and saving special places.

If you have not yet given this year, please consider a tax-deductible gift in support of enhancing the quality of life of our beloved Upstate!

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Also in this month's update: 

  • More ways to support Upstate Forever this holiday season
    Learn more about planned giving, shopping through Amazon Smile, and Fairway Subaru Share the Love event. Click here
  • Cancer Survivors Park Work Day
    Join us on Saturday, February 5 from 9:00-11:00 am for a morning of socially distanced volunteer work at Cancer Survivors Park in downtown Greenville. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants and beautify the park. Participation is limited, so click here to RSVP today.
  • Grant news
    Generous grants enable UF's program staff to work toward accomplishing our conservation and advocacy goals for the Upstate. Here are some recent highlights:

    • Upstate Forever, in partnership with the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, has been awarded funding from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to develop a watershed-based plan for the Twelve Mile River watershed in Pickens County. Watershed-based plans serve as a roadmap for communities to manage efforts to both restore water quality in degraded areas and protect overall watershed health. This will be the 6th watershed-based plan UF's Clean Water team has been engaged in.

    • In more Clean Water news, we have been awarded a second phase of funding from SCDHEC to address water quality concerns in the North, Middle, and South Tyger watersheds in Spartanburg and Greenville Counties. Funding will be used to permanently protect land through conservation easements in the Tyger watersheds and provide cost-share assistance to landowners for septic repairs and/or to voluntarily install agricultural practices to help improve water quality.

    • With generous support from Hollingsworth Funds in 2022, our Land Planning & Policy team will continue working alongside partners and community members to advance policies in Greenville County and its municipalities that reduce sprawl, expand housing diversity, build more inclusive neighborhoods, and create pockets of gentle density so transit can operate more efficiently.

And more!

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