Fall 2022 Citizens Planning Academy

Apply now for our interactive, introductory course designed to lay the foundation for Greenville, SC-area residents to become more informed, effective, and influential participants in local land use planning and policy decision-making.

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Red Fox Games combines conservation with paintball - March 7th, 2022

Vaughn Smith, who protected his 120-acre property through a conservation easement with Upstate Forever in 2020, has spent the last forty years revitalizing once barren farmland and transforming it into a paintball business in Woodruff, SC. read more

By Caitlyn Smith Gendusa

Our 2021 donor impact report - February 28th, 2022

Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-transforming social climate, UF had one of its most productive years yet. And we could not have accomplished our indispensable work without your support. View last year's conservation highlights and success stories in our 2021 donor impact report. read more

By Andrea Cooper

Legislative Updates 2022: February 21 - 25 - February 28th, 2022

With several budgets and conservation-related bills flying through SC House and Senate committees, it can be overwhelming to make sense of what's important. Luckily, you can find quick summaries of relevant news each week at the Statehouse here. read more

By Megan Chase

Restoring native grasses on protected property - February 28th, 2022

Conservation easement landowner Chad Culbertson discusses grassland habitat restoration with Land Stewardship Associate Lauren Muller. read more

By Lauren Muller

The Upstate Update: February 2022 - February 21st, 2022

In this month's Upstate Update, we celebrate 2021's conservation successes, share our 2022 advocacy priorities, an action alert for Greenville County residents, and more. read more

Legislative Updates 2022: February 14-18 - February 21st, 2022

Believe it or not, we're through a third of the 2022 Legislative Session and it has been packed with positive steps for land conservation and healthy communities. Read this week's Legislative Update from State Policy Director Megan Chase for the rundown on the latest news from the Statehouse. read more

By Megan Chase

Mable Owens Clarke is preserving Black history in Pickens County - February 18th, 2022

The sixth-generation steward and matriarch of Soapstone Baptist Church, Mable Owens Clarke has spent decades protecting and preserving the history, beauty, and legacy of the historic church, schoolhouse, cemetery, and grounds. read more

Free smart growth advocacy training workshop — register today! - February 18th, 2022

Join Upstate Forever staff and advocacy specialists from Pecan PR for a free workshop to help you advocate for smart growth policies in the City of Greenville. Save the date for Friday, April 8 and register today! read more

By Sherry Barrett

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