Protecting Land & Water | Advocacy | Balanced Growth
Join us on a virtual stewardship site visit

Upstate Forever's Land Conservation team works to protect the natural assets that make our region so special — our farmlands, forests, natural areas, and critical lands — through voluntary conservation easements. But what happens after a conservation agreement is signed?

Conservation stewardship is the perpetual monitoring of land protected by a conservation agreement and, when necessary, the defense and enforcement of that agreement. Our team monitors every property protected by Upstate Forever through stewardship site visits each year — and thanks to your generous support, UF now protects more than 23,500 acres across 124 properties.

In this video, Scott Park, Upstate Forever's Glenn Hilliard Director of Land Conservation, and Christina Sprecher, Land Stewardship Manager, take you along on a virtual stewardship site visit to help illuminate this critical aspect of our work. Watch the video
Enter our Earth Day giveaway
We partnered with the South Carolina State Parks to give away one All Parks Passport (free admission to all 47 State Parks!), as well as two of our brand new Be the Upstate Nalgene bottles and two t-shirts by Dapper Ink . Visit us on Instagram to enter! Details here
Support local farmers
Finding grocery store shelves lacking? You can fill your pantry and support small businesses by purchasing food from Upstate farmers. Greenbrier Farms in Easley is offering pastured pork, grassfed beef and more for curbside pickup. Email [email protected] to order.
Clean Water Act Lawsuit Launched Against Pickens County Event Venue

Last week, Upstate Forever joined Naturaland Trust and South Carolina Trout Unlimited to take legal action against the owners and operators of a Pickens County event venue over violations of the Clean Water Act and related property and environmental damage. We are represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) , a nonprofit environmental law association. Read more
From our backyard to yours

The grounds surrounding UF's Greenville office are lush with native plant blooms right now. While our team is not currently together in the office, a few of us have made some visits to check mail, pick up supplies, and generously water each other's house plants ( thank you!). Kerry Newberry, our Office Manager / Executive Assistant extraordinaire, snapped the above photos of some of the office's blooms, including native azaleas, irises, and dogwoods, so we can all enjoy the beauty of spring. Read more about our Greenville office's landscaping in our native plant guide

Whether you have a backyard blooming in abundance, a small balcony garden, or something in between, we hope you'll take a few moments to enjoy this season of growth. To help you get out and enjoy spring ( while observing social distancing recommendations, of course), our team put together a fun activity the whole family can enjoy: Backyard Bingo. Click here to download a printable bingo card to fill out on your next backyard adventure, neighborhood stroll, or nature walk.

We'd love to hear what you find! Take a photo on your adventure or share your completed bingo card with us on Facebook .
More news, updates & resources

Coming soon: The Upstate Advocate
Keep your eyes peeled for the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of the Upstate Advocate arriving in mailboxes next week! In the meantime, you can catch up on the most recent issues of our biannual newsletter sponsored by Pacolet Milliken Enterprises at

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 include:
  • Advocacy 101 – Wednesday, April 22 at 12:30 pm – Featuring Audubon South Carolina and Conservation Voters of South Carolina – Register here
  • Commercial Composting and the End of Landfills? – Thursday, May 7 – Featuring UF Director of Energy & State Policy Shelley Robbins – Time and registration link to come
  • Will We Have Enough Water in 20 Years? – Tuesday, May 19 – Hosted by UF Clean Water Advocate Megan Chase – Time and registration link to come
You can view a complete list of the series and additional details on the Upstate Forever blog.

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
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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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