Progress Toward Our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Goals in 2023 - February 4th, 2024

Our 2023 progress report towards our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals set forth in 2020. read more

Nearly 800 acres protected by Upstate Forever in 2023 - January 30th, 2024

In 2023, our nationally accredited land trust permanently protected 783 acres across the Upstate through conservation easements. Along with our partners, additional projects where Upstate Forever was integral to the effort’s success comprise of an additional 2,949 acres. read more

By Scott Park

Legislative Updates 2024: January 22 - 26 - January 30th, 2024

In this week's news from the Statehouse, the Working Agricultural Lands Preservation Bill will be taken up by the full Senate this coming week, there is a new bill to increase polluter accountability, and we explain conservation budgets and how four state agencies are playing a role in land protection. And don't forget to join us for the Annual Conservation Lobby Day on February 6th! read more

By Megan Chase-Muller

Legislative Updates 2024: January 15-19 - January 22nd, 2024

Last week, the conservation community showed up in force to present our legislative priorities — and lawmakers truly listened. See our recap of the SC Conservation Coalition Senate Briefing and outcomes that are driving important conversations on wetlands and polluter accountability. read more

By Megan Chase-Muller

The Upstate Update: January 2024 - January 22nd, 2024

In this month's Upstate Update, learn about the historic win for water in Greenville County, a job opening on the Land Conservation team, great wildlife photography tips for this season, how to get your seeds from the Greenville County seed library, and see our 2023 highlights. read more

Legislative Updates 2024: January 8 - 12 - January 16th, 2024

This week's news from the Statehouse includes updates on energy reform bills, the swearing in of two new senators, and budget committees highlighting the need for infrastructure resilience projects. read more

By Megan Chase-Muller

Legislative Updates 2024: Session Preview - January 10th, 2024

Welcome to the 2024 Legislative Session! In this preview, learn about the bills we're continuing to fight for, upcoming events you can attend, and much more. read more

By Megan Chase-Muller

Big win for water! 50' riparian buffers in Greenville County - January 5th, 2024

Upstate Forever and local partners that comprise the Reedy River Water Quality Group (RRWQG) and other clean water advocates have aggressively championed adoption of stronger riparian buffer requirements in Greenville County for well-over a decade. We are thrilled to see 50' wide riparian buffers now required for new development along all Waters-of-the-State in unincorporated parts of the county. read more

By Sherry Barrett

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