Land & Water | Advocacy | Balanced Growth

Our Work

Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of the Upstate of South Carolina. We focus our work on the ten counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union. 

Over the past two decades, we have worked to protect some of our region’s most important environmentally sensitive lands and assets in regards to water and habitat quality – our farmlands, forests, natural areas, healthy rivers, and clean air. We are committed to ensuring that our Upstate communities are vibrant and retain their natural areas, outdoor heritage, and unique identities in the face of rapid development and significant sprawl.

Our Goals

  • Protect land and water
  • Foster a love of place
  • Convey the importance of now
  • Serve as a trusted community champion

Read more about our Strategic Goals for 2018-2022.

What’s Happening


Pipelines 101 Webinar Series

Pipelines 101 is a four-part webinar series about the regulations, construction, land use implications, and engagement options surrounding FERC-regulated proposed natural gas pipelines.


Recap: Greenville County Housing Forum

Nearly 200 people attended the Greenville Housing Forum to learn how "missing middle" housing can help meet increased demand for walkable, affordable urban living.


The trail that almost wasn't

Learn how Upstate Forever, Greenville County and City, GHS, and other partners fought tooth and nail to bring the game-changing GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail to life.


Giving Back

Is donating directly from a qualified IRA still possible under the new tax laws? Yes! Attorney Cary Hall explains how the new tax code could impact your giving.


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.


Comp Plans, Demystified

Your voice is needed as Greenville City and County update their Comprehensive Plans this year! Join our comp plan mailing list to receive updates and alerts on how you can participate.

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