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July 23rd, 2023
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Between 2001-2016, 11 million acres of agricultural land were lost in America. Unfortunately, South Carolina is not spared from this trend — 280,700 acres of agricultural land were lost in SC during the same period.
In the first post of her new Rural Preservation Series on the Upstate Forever blog, Land Policy Manager Allie Martinsen shares what local municipalities and counties can do to protect and maintain the rural character of the Upstate.
Stay tuned for monthly blog posts celebrating the value of our rural lands while exploring opportunities for long-term preservation!
Also in this month's newsletter:
Protected properties recognized
Two properties permanently protected by UF conservation easements were recognized at the 2023 South Carolina Historic Preservation Awards last month. Mable Owens Clarke — sixth-generation steward and matriarch of Soapstone Church in Pickens — was honored with the Governor’s Award. The Spring Park Inn in Travelers Rest also received a Preservation Honor Award.