Thank you to our 2017 Preservation Ride Sponsors
- September 25th 2017
Boasting a new venue and its first-ever mountain bike ride, the 6th annual Preservation Ride on September 23 was a great event. All in all, we had 165 total road cyclists, mountain bikers, and hikers show up to enjoy a beautiful day at Pleasant Ridge State Park in Greenville County. We're so grateful to our generous sponsors — we couldn't do this without you!
Charles Mickel and Pamela Vaughn join Upstate Forever's Board of Directors
- September 20th 2017
Upstate Forever is thrilled to announce two new additions to our Board of Directors: Charles Mickel and Pamela Vaughn. Charles brings so much to the table as a Greenville business leader with a truly impressive history of service to the Greenville community. Pamela has worked to support environmental protection through her role with Fujifilm in Greenwood. They will be tremendous assets to Upstate Forever as we work to protect natural resources and promote responsible growth in our region.
100 additional acres of historic Hester Dairy Farm are now permanently protected
- August 25th 2017
A 110-acre tract formerly used to pasture cattle for the historic Hester Dairy in Pickens County is now permanently protected through a partnership between Upstate Forever and a conservation-minded landowner. Located just outside of Easley, the historic Hester Dairy Farm was purchased in the late 1800’s from Robert Elliot Holcombe, the first “citizen” of Easley. The Hester family embraces a long history of farming in the area that stretches from Easley through Dacusville and all the way to Pumpkintown, including the historic Hester Dairy Store.
Upstate Forever completes Critical Lands mapping project
- August 7th 2017
With the generous support of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Upstate Forever recently completed a mapping project to identify the region’s most environmentally sensitive lands in regards to water quality and high-quality habitat. Developed in partnership with Furman University and using advanced ecological modeling software, the map will be a key tool in determining the most effective ways to protect our region’s natural heritage – the most critically important farmlands, forests, natural areas, and public lands.
Latest Greenville B-cycle installation brings the bike share network to 10 stations
- July 28th 2017
Greenville B-cycle installed its tenth publicly-accessible bike station this week in front of the new Link Apartments West End. The new station brings Greenville’s bike-share network to a total of 10 stations – the target number identified by partners Upstate Forever and Greenville Health System (GHS) when the program first launched less than five years ago.
UF staff weigh in on the Reedy River's water quality and recreation
- July 27th 2017
[Via the Greenville Journal] — Despite its unhealthy amounts of pollution over the years, the Reedy River has become one of downtown Greenville’s most treasured spots for recreation. “The Reedy River is the central focus of downtown Greenville,” said Heather Nix, director of the clean water program for environmental advocacy group Upstate Forever. “It’s one of the many reasons why Greenville has become such a success story.”
Upstate Forever files appeal in Glassy Mountain case
- July 26th 2017
Upstate Forever filed an appeal and a request for pre-litigation mediation in Pickens County circuit court in response to a decision by the Pickens County Planning Commission to approve a development at the base of the Glassy Mountain Heritage Trust Preserve in Pickens County. As of December 2017, the property in question has been permanently protected by a conservation easement thanks to the strong collaborative effort by many community stakeholders.
Cragmoor Farms expands protected land, offers farm-to-school project
- July 8th 2017
Cragmoor Farms, a historic farm in Spartanburg County adjacent to the Walnut Grove Plantation, added more land to nearly triple its protected acreage. The initially protected site is already being prepared to grow food to benefit Spartanburg County School District Six schools. The 72-acre addition to Cragmoor Farms completes the 120-acre project and surrounds Walnut Grove, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public as a living history farm.