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This Earth Month feels different than any other. 

But as fellow stewards of the Earth, we hope you’ll take comfort in the knowledge that nature continues its cycles while our world is paused. Everywhere you look, spring is in bloom. Flowers are blossoming, trees are budding, birdsong fills the air, and new life is all around — one member of our team is even tracking the growth of tadpoles in her backyard!

This excerpt from beloved nature poet Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” feels especially appropriate these days: 

Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

While we cannot, for the health of each other and our communities, savor this season as we might usually, we’re sharing some ways you can honor Earth Month from home below. Also keep an eye on our social media channels, where we’ll be sharing more special content all month long. 

From all of us at Upstate Forever, take care and be well.
Join us on a wildflower "walk"
Since you may not be able to get out and explore right now, we thought we would bring nature to you in the form of some of our region's unique native plants.  Visit our Instagram page to join us on a virtual wildflower walk and let us know what your favorite spring bloom is. Check it out
All about native plants
Now is a great time to start your summer garden or make some improvements to your home's landscaping. Consider utilizing native plants for a cost-effective, low-maintenance yard that flourishes. View our native plant guide
Reflect on the Upstate's beauty
In the Fall 2019 issue of the Upstate Advocate , UF's biannual newsletter, ten Upstate residents shared how the natural world shapes their lives. Read their stories here — and keep your eyes peeled for the Spring 2020 issue in mailboxes soon! Read more
Whether in your own backyard or out on a neighborhood stroll, we'd love to see how you are safely enjoying this spring in the Upstate. Tag your photos with #myupstateforever on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter to share.
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Tune in for Conversations with Conservationists
This weekly webinar series coordinated by our partners in the South Carolina Conservation Coalition will give you the opportunity to learn more about conservation issues in SC from the comfort of your home.

Upcoming webinars will cover topics include Protecting the Landscapes We Love (Tuesday, 4/14 at 11:30 am), as well as two featuring Upstate Forever staff: Commercial Composting and the End of Landfills? (Thursday, 5/7 | Time and registration link to come), featuring Director of Energy & State Policy Shelley Robbins, and Will We Have Enough Water in 10 Years? (Rescheduled for Tuesday, 5/19 | Time and registration link to come) hosted by UF’s Clean Water Advocate Megan Chase. You can view a complete list of the series and additional details on the Upstate Forever blog.

Learn about one of our region's natural gems
Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary in the center of Greenville County owned by a non-profit and open to the public for free. A new short book by Tom Kester, past chairman of the Conestee Foundation, tells the story of how this remarkable natural space came to be.  Purchase your copy for $10

How you can support local farms right now
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture has compiled a handy list of farms and businesses offering delivery, on-farm pickup, CSAs, and other options by county. This list is being updated regularly, so check back frequently for more opportunities to support the local food movement. View the Upstate list

Mark your calendar for the Spartanburg Criterium
" Spartanburg's fastest night" has been rescheduled for Friday, October 2! Mark your calendars and plan to join us in the Upstate Forever tailgating tent for a front-row view of the cycling action.  More details to come!
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Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of Upstate South Carolina.  Over the past two decades, we have worked to protect the natural assets that make the Upstate so special — our farmlands, forests, natural areas, rivers, and clean air. We are committed to ensuring that our communities are vibrant and retain their green spaces, outdoor heritage, and unique identities in the face of rapid development and significant sprawl. Our vision is an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous Upstate that offers a high quality of life now and for future generations.

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