Upstate Forever now permanently protects land at Gilkey Creek and Grassy Knob
- July 20th 2018
Upstate Forever now protects nearly 500 acres on two tracts —the 353-acre Grassy Knob tract in Pickens County and the 135-acre Gilkey Creek tract in Cherokee County— through wetland and stream mitigation partnerships. Working closely with the SC Department of Transportation, Upstate Forever identified strategic projects that would satisfy the mitigation requirements for the impacts to waterways by local highway improvements, helping keep the much-needed infrastructure projects on-time and on-budget while protecting local headwater streams and critical habitat areas.
Upstate Forever Receives $75,000 Grant from Hollingsworth Funds
- July 11th 2018
Hollingsworth Funds has awarded Upstate Forever a grant for $75,000 to empower and equip Greenville’s community leaders, citizens, and quality-of-life stakeholders with land use solutions to help address the most urgent issues facing our community.
Upstate Forever receives $1 million gift honoring Marjorie E. Schmidt
- May 16th 2018
Upstate Forever is thrilled to announce it has received a $1 million gift in honor of Marjorie E. Schmidt, a longtime Greenville resident with a heart for nature and a humble, giving spirit. The gift will be used to advance Upstate Forever’s mission to protect land, water, and the unique character of the Upstate in the face of skyrocketing growth and sprawling development.
Stumphouse Passage of the Palmetto Trail opens
- May 11th 2018
The first phase of mountain bike trails on Stumphouse Mountain in Oconee County is officially open! Six miles of trails are already accessible and ten total should be completed by the end of the year, linking the town of Walhalla to the Palmetto Trail. The Trail is built and managed by Palmetto Conservation Foundation. Upstate Forever holds the park land under a conservation easement, which permanently protects the property from development. We are honored to have worked with many sponsors and partners to complete this exciting project to improve access to nature in the Upstate.
Upstate Forever and Heart of Boiling Springs will host community vision workshops
- February 19th 2018
Upstate Forever and Heart of Boiling Springs will host a series of public workshops in partnership with Toole Design Group on Thursday March 22, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Boiling Springs First Baptist Church, 3600 Boiling Springs Rd. and Thursday April 26, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 210 Rainbow Lake Rd., Boiling Springs. The workshops are part of a process to develop a shared, community-driven vision for Boiling Springs, a rapidly developing unincorporated community along the I-85 corridor in central Spartanburg County.
Hank McCullough, Ken Deon, and Charles Dalton Join Upstate Forever Board of Directors
- December 21st 2017
Upstate Forever is pleased to announce three new additions to its Board of Directors: Hank McCullough, Ken Deon, and Charles Dalton. We look forward to their participation and insight as Upstate Forever works to protect the critical lands, waters, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina.
Glassy Mountain Property in Pickens is Now Permanently Protected
- December 15th 2017
PICKENS, SC — A tract of land near Glassy Mountain Heritage Trust Preserve in Pickens County that was once slated for a controversial real estate development has been permanently protected by a conservation easement. Upstate Forever was instrumental in working with the community and the owners of the proposed development site to realize a conservation outcome for this important tract of land at the base of Glassy Mountain, a Pickens County icon. The tract in question is critical to preserving the natural heritage of the area.
Furman professor and students conducted research on Upstate Forever protected lands
- December 14th 2017
During the summer months of 2017, Furman University biology professor John Quinn and Emma Cook, a biology and sustainability science major, conducted research on selected Upstate Forever conservation lands to understand how bird species are responding to land use change across the Upstate region.