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

What’s Happening

GLASSY

GLASSY MOUNTAIN APPEAL FILED

We’ve filed an appeal against the Pickens County Planning Commission about a proposed 254-home subdivision on the side of Glassy Mountain, a rare geologic formation and a Pickens Icon.

HESTER

HESTER DAIRY PROTECTED

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.

PADDLE

PADDLE SC SITE IS LIVE

The newly redesigned website GoPaddleSC.com makes connecting with our state’s gorgeous blueways easier than ever. Search paddling trips by difficulty, duration, and location, and see real-time water flow reports.

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