How Upstate Forever is responding to COVID-19

Our Greenville and Spartanburg offices have closed while Upstate Forever staff work from home to help protect the health of each other, our families, and our communities. But while we are not together in the office, we remain together in our continued efforts to protect our region's critical lands, waters, and unique character.

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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

Conservation

Conservation Webinars

The South Carolina Conservation Coalition is hosting a series of free, weekly webinars this spring. Hear from our partner organizations about offshore drilling, land protection, the State Water Plan, and more.

Protect

Protect More Land

In the face of rapid growth, more funding is needed to protect the Upstate’s special places while we still have the opportunity. Funding opens doors to protect even more land on an accelerated timeline.

2020

2020 advocacy priorities

Our team advocates for local and state policies that will help further our mission to protect the critical lands, waters, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina.

Recent

Recent land protection

Oconee's Chau Ram Park has more than doubled in size thanks to a recent land acquisition. The property will be protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by Upstate Forever.

Plan

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.

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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