Upstate Forever and partners receive grant from the Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative
- August 30th 2019
Upstate Forever, Clemson University, and Lake Conestee Nature Park have received a grant from The Cornell Lab and Land Trust Alliance's Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative to study and determine best management practices to restore and improve grassland bird habitats.
Andrea Cooper selected to become Riley Fellow
- August 27th 2019
Andrea Cooper, Executive Director of Upstate Forever, joins other leaders selected from across the Upstate and surrounding area to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s 28th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative.
Upstate Forever will transfer bikeshare operations to the City of Greenville in late 2019
- July 16th 2019
Local conservation group Upstate Forever, who has operated Greenville B-cycle since March 2013, will give up the reins as program operator later this year. The City of Greenville has committed to taking over the local bike-share program.
Upstate Forever to Seek Reaccreditation from the Land Trust Alliance
- July 10th 2019
The Land Trust Alliance’s land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. In 2008, Upstate Forever became the first land trust organization in South Carolina to receive national accreditation. Upstate Forever is pleased to announce it is now applying for renewal of accreditation.
Nature Conservancy Transfers 955 Acres to Jones Gap State Park
- June 24th 2019
Jones Gap State Park has become approximately 25 percent larger following a donation of 955 acres to the SC Department of Parks, Recreations & Tourism from The Nature Conservancy. The property, known as Gap Creek, is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by Upstate Forever.
Ultra-rare plant habitat protected in Travelers Rest
- April 16th 2019
A 56-acre property in Travelers Rest once slated for subdivision development has been acquired by the SC DNR Heritage Trust and added to the adjacent Blackwell Heritage Preserve. Upstate Forever and other partners opposed the development, called Bluestone Ridge, because it would have seriously threatened the Heritage Preserve and the survival of the bunched arrowhead, an extremely rare plant only found in two counties: Hendersonville, NC and Greenville, SC.
Thank you to past board chair Mark Taylor, and congratulations to new chair Joe Lesesne
- April 12th 2019
Many thanks to Mark Taylor for serving as Upstate Forever’s Board Chair for the past two years. Mark is the president of SynTerra and has been involved with Upstate Forever since it was formed in 1998. Along with Brad Wyche, Mark has also co-chaired the Crossroads Campaign Steering Committee for the past year, and has been integral to its success. He will remain on the board but has passed the reins to our new chair, Joe Lesesne.
Keith, Jones, Sprague, and Workman join UF board of directors
- April 12th 2019
John Keith, Emelyn Jones, Gaye Sprague, and Neal Workman are the newest members of Upstate Forever's board of directors.