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


ForeverGreen Luncheon Awards & Speaker

The 2018 ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon will be February 27th, 2018 at the Greenville Embassy Suites. Our keynote speaker this year is Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


GLASSY MOUNTAIN Property Protected

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.



Our Land Trust recently closed a conservation easement on Hester Dairy Farm. Upstate Forever protects over 21,000 acres on 114 properties across the Upstate through voluntary conservation easements.

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