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January 22nd, 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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Thanks to your support, our team built upon the work we’ve been committed to for more than 20 years — protecting our region’s critical lands, safeguarding our waters, and advocating for responsible growth across the Upstate.
Below is a glimpse at some of 2019's successes that you helped make possible:
Also in this month's Upstate Update:
UF's 2020 advocacy priorities
Our mission is to protect the critical lands, waters, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina. To accomplish that mission, we advocate for specific outcomes at the local and state level that are likely to have a measurable impact to the ten-county Upstate region. Read our 2020 advocacy priorities
ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon
Join us Monday, February 24 for the 2020 ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon where each year we celebrate individuals and organizations for significant contributions in fields related to conservation and sustainable growth. In addition to the awards program, this year’s ForeverGreen Luncheon will feature a special celebration to honor Upstate Forever’s founder and conservation hero Brad Wyche. Get event details and ticket information
Citizens Planning Academy
Applications are now being accepted to join our Spring 2020 Citizens Planning Academy, a 4-week course for Greenville residents, business owners and neighborhood leaders interested in becoming more informed and involved in City of Greenville planning and land use policy efforts. Learn more and apply
Upstate Comprehensive Plan updates
Two of the region's fastest growing areas — Greenville and Spartanburg — are making plans on how best to accommodate unprecedented growth projected for the decades to come. Greenville has recently completed the process of updating its County Comprehensive Plan and now looks to turn the plan into policy , while the City Comprehensive Plan continues to develop. Meanwhile, the City of Spartanburg has just launched its planning process. Find detailed updates in this month's newsletter