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The Upstate Update: June 2019

June 25th, 2019

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.

955 acres donated to Jones Gap State Park

Upstate Forever will protect the property forever

Jones Gap State Park has become approximately 25 percent larger following a donation of 955 acres to the SC Department of Parks, Recreations & Tourism (SCPRT) from The Nature Conservancy. The property, known as Gap Creek, is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by Upstate Forever. Although Gap Creek is not currently open to the public, Parks officials say it could expand capacity and public access to Jones Gap State Park in coming years. 

Read more in this month's issue of the Upstate Update

Also in this month's Upstate Update:

  • Help shape the growth of Greenville County
    As part of the county's comprehensive planning process, a second round of community workshops are being held. We encourage Greenville Co. citizens to attend, learn more & voice your opinions. Learn how you can get involved
  • Groups collaborate to protect ultra-rare plant
    A habitat of bunched arrowhead, one of the rarest plants on Earth, has been protected from development in Travelers Rest thanks to the collaborative effort of local citizens and conservation organizations. Learn more about this conservation success story
  • Summer activities across the Upstate
    It's official: Summer has arrived! Our staff shares their favorite summer activities across the Upstate. View their suggestions
  • Threats to land & water
    Chambers English, our summer Conservation Lands Stewardship Fellow through Furman University's Shi Center for Sustainability, explores the challenges our forestlands are facing and how Upstate landowners can help conserve our natural resources. Read his article

Plus, find dates and details for upcoming volunteer opportunities, members only field trips, and more! 

View the June edition of the Upstate Update

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