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October 24th, 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.
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Our Land Conservation team has been hard at work this year! This summer, we worked with landowners and conservation partners to permanently protect more than 1,000 acres across the Upstate. These protected lands include hardwood forests and wetlands, properties critical to local water quality, 300 remarkable acres along the Blue Ridge Escarpment (pictured above), and a unique habitat suitable for the the propagation and enhancement of the rare Oconee bell. Click here to read more
Ready for even more good news? We're working to protect an additional 6,000 acres by the end of this year.
Also in this month's update:
Improving grassland bird habitat
UF, Clemson University, and Conestee Nature Preserve received a grant from the Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative to study, determine & share best management practices to restore and improve grassland bird habitats. After thorough research by wildlife biology students at Clemson, we're thrilled to share a guide featuring key recommendations. View the guide here