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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.
We recently completed the protection of the 20-acre Spring Park and Spring Park Inn in downtown Travelers Rest. A grant from the South Carolina Conservation Bank made the conservation easement possible.
In the latest issue of our twice-yearly print publication, you'll find essays from local artists about the inspiration they find in our region's natural resources, recent news from Upstate Forever, and more.
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.
As our region grows, it’s more important than ever to recognize the tremendous value of water — and to fight to protect it.
In the face of rapid growth, more funding is needed to protect the Upstate’s special places while we still have the opportunity.
Your planned gift can help us achieve our goals for current and future generations, while you enjoy a wide variety of tax benefits.