How Upstate Forever is responding to COVID-19

Our Greenville and Spartanburg offices have closed while Upstate Forever staff work from home to help protect the health of each other, our families, and our communities. But while we are not together in the office, we remain together in our continued efforts to protect our region's critical lands, waters, and unique character.

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Protect Special Places

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We need your support.

Upstate Forever is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization relying on generous contributions from people like you. Here’s how you can help Upstate Forever defend your natural resources and promote balanced growth.

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Volunteer

Upstate Forever currently offers the following categories of volunteering work: 

  • Event activities may include managing event registration, coordinating with UF staff and other volunteers, setting up and breaking down of event equipment, organizing and administering event materials and refreshments, monitoring event progress, assisting attendees, providing information, and advocacy activities. Event volunteers provide their own transportation and personal equipment (including mobile phones and cameras), if needed.
  • Stewardship involves accompanying a member of the Land Stewardship Team to conservation easement properties throughout the Upstate region to conduct annual site visits.  Volunteers should be physically able to spend several hours hiking in a variety of natural environments, some of which involve steep terrain and an absence of trails.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Application and Waiver form and send it to Ginger Goldsmith at ggoldsmith@upstateforever.org.

You can also become a citizen water monitor through the SC Adopt A Stream program, which is led in partnership by SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the CU Center for Watershed Excellence. Upstate Forever was instrumental in advocating for a statewide Adopt A Stream program.

Jobs

There are no jobs available at this time. Please join our email list and/or follow us on Facebook to be notified of new job postings. 

Internships

Upstate Forever does not have internships on a regular schedule, but we do occasionally engage interns for specific projects based on qualifications and availability. If you would like to be considered for future opportunities, please send your resume/CV to jobs@upstateforever.org.

What’s Happening

Conservation

Conservation Webinars

The South Carolina Conservation Coalition is hosting a series of free, weekly webinars this spring. Hear from our partner organizations about offshore drilling, land protection, the State Water Plan, and more.

Protect

Protect More Land

In the face of rapid growth, more funding is needed to protect the Upstate’s special places while we still have the opportunity. Funding opens doors to protect even more land on an accelerated timeline.

2020

2020 advocacy priorities

Our team advocates for local and state policies that will help further our mission to protect the critical lands, waters, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina.

Recent

Recent land protection

Oconee's Chau Ram Park has more than doubled in size thanks to a recent land acquisition. The property will be protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by Upstate Forever.

Plan

Plan A River Adventure

Check out our blueway maps to find river access locations, recommended skill levels, river rapids, recommended flow levels and other useful information.

Giving

Giving Back

Your planned gift can help us achieve our goals for current and future generations, while you enjoy a wide variety of tax benefits.

IT’S NOW OR NEVER

Preserve our region’s character

Growth in the Upstate is skyrocketing. We must act immediately to protect our region’s natural resources and unique character from unchecked sprawl and short-sighted development practices. Join our mailing list to receive news, updates, and action alerts.

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