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.
Duke Energy's Shared Solar program has launched
- February 22nd 2019
Is your roof all wrong for solar panels? Or do you live in an apartment or have an HOA that doesn't allow panels? We are excited to spread the word about Duke Energy Carolina's new Shared Solar Program in the Upstate. Duke customers, including non-profits, can invest in off-site solar facilities and then see the benefits on their bill each month.
Paris Mountain, Falls Park, Hartwell Headwaters among tracts protected in late 2018
- January 19th 2019
Upstate Forever's Land Trust closed several significant conservation easements towards the end of 2018, bringing our total protected land to 21,949.7 acres across the Upstate. Included in these new easements are two permanently protected properties will be added to expand Paris Mountain State Park, thanks to generous support from Michelin in the form of an Environmental Stewardship Grant. Other protected lands include Oconee Town, 55 Camperdown in Falls Park, Altamont Fields, and Hartwell Headwaters.
Heart of Boiling Springs initiative completed
- October 26th 2018
We have just completed our two-year grassroots citizen education and community visioning initiative in Boiling Springs, a rapidly developing bedroom community in unincorporated Spartanburg County. The citizen-led community group Heart of Boiling Springs will lead efforts to ensure the initiative's outcomes inform future Area Performance Planning for the Central Region of Spartanburg County. A summary of the process and outputs was just presented to Spartanburg County Council on Oct. 15.
Greenville Housing Forum Recap
- October 25th 2018
Nearly 200 attendees gathered at the Kroc Center on Friday October 19 for a Greenville County Housing Forum hosted by Upstate Forever in conjunction with numerous community partners. Forum attendees learned how shifting demographics are leading to increased demand for walkable, affordable urban living. They also explored how “missing middle” homes types could help meet that demand by expanding housing diversity at a variety of price points, while also using land efficiently – protecting rural character and preserving critical natural resources.
Upstate Forever monitoring discovers dangerous gully forming along pipeline in Spartanburg
- August 3rd 2018
During monitoring yesterday after heavy rains, Upstate Forever discovered a dangerous gully forming in the pipeline right-of-way that would eventually threaten the structural integrity and safety of the newly-constructed pipeline. “We have had continual problems with Dominion’s construction quality and impact on streams throughout this project,” stated Shelley Robbins, Energy and State Policy Manager, “but this is the first one that is a safety threat.” The gully, which has encroached to within mere feet of the buried pipeline, was discovered during inspection of the right-of-way along Hobbysville Road near the historic Price House in southern Spartanburg County.
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.