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

The

The Upstate Advocate

The latest edition of our twice-yearly publication explores the ways conservation and economic development in the Upstate can go hand-in-hand, in addition to sharing the latest news from our team.

Conservation

Conservation success

With support from the South Carolina Conservation Bank and Upstate Land Conservation Fund, the six-acre property home to the historic Soapstone Baptist Church in Pickens County has been permanently protected through a conservation easement.

Saluda

Saluda Grade Rail Trail

We are proud to be among several nonprofits working to transform the inactive Saluda Grade railroad corridor into an approximately 31-mile rail trail that would run from Inman, SC to Zirconia, NC.

Defend

Defend our water quality

As our region grows, it’s more important than ever to recognize the tremendous value of water — and to fight to protect it.

Diversity,

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

To realize our vision of a future that is healthy, vibrant, and prosperous for the Upstate, we know it is vitally important and essential to our core values that we engage the diverse community we serve.

Giving

Giving Back

Your planned gift can help us achieve our goals for current and future generations, while you enjoy a wide variety of tax benefits.

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