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Mast General Store and shoppers donate more than $9,500 to Upstate Forever
Each June, Mast General Stores host Land Trust Day, an unofficial holiday that celebrates the work of Land Trusts like Upstate Forever. This year, we were honored to receive 20% of Mast General Greenville's sales on Land Trust Day — June 1, 2019 — which resulted in a donation of $9,517 to Upstate Forever.

This generous gift will enable our Land Trust team to continue to permanently protect the Upstate's farmlands, forests, and natural areas. Learn more about Upstate Forever's Land Conservation work

From each of us at Upstate Forever, thank you to Mast General Store and all who shopped in support of Land Trust Day.
Beer with a benefit
Greenville-based brewery Fireforge is tapping an exclusive cask of Pool Honeys, their local peach milkshake IPA, this Friday, July 19 at 4:00 pm. All sales from this special cask — available for a limited time! — will benefit Upstate Forever. Learn more and RSVP
Is it safe to swim?
As summer temperatures climb, local rivers might beckon you to take a dip and cool off. Katie Hottel, GIS Coordinator and member of UF's Clean Water team, recently spoke with WSPA 7News about how your family can stay safe in Upstate waterways this summer. Watch the clip and read the article
Call for public comments
Upstate Forever is completing the important process of renewing our national accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance and are seeking comments from landowners, community partners and other stakeholders. Learn more and submit comments
Spartanburg County updates
Area Performance Zoning, Unified Land Management Ordinance amendments & new subdivision regulations passed readings at Spartanburg Co. Council’s monthly meeting yesterday. Join us at the next meeting on August 19 to support this process. Sign up for Spartanburg Planning & Growth email updates
Clean Water team shares insights at national River Rally conference
Last month, Clean Water Director Erika Hollis and Clean Water Advocate Megan Chase attended River Rally in Cleveland, Ohio, an annual national conference for grassroots water advocates, river conservation professionals, nonprofit groups from across the US, and more.

This year, the conference took place along the banks of the Cuyahoga River and marked the last time that river caught fire from unregulated pollution 50 years ago — this was a pivotal event that sparked the environmental movement that led to the establishment of the Clean Water Act. 

River Rally 2019 featured workshops and speakers to illuminate today's most urgent water topics and provide open discussion of strategies to address these problems collaboratively — including a presentation from Erika and Megan on Upstate Forever's unique use of land prioritization strategies to protect critical drinking water sources across Upstate South Carolina.
Land Stewardship Manager
We are looking to fill an integral role in our Land Conservation program. The Land Stewardship Manager will monitor a robust inventory of conservation easements, participate in outreach and education programs, and more. View the job description and details
Greenville B-Cycle updates
After operating Greenville B-Cycle — a bike-share program with 10 stations across the city — for more than six years, Upstate Forever is transitioning the program to the City of Greenville later this year to focus our efforts on land and water protection. Learn more
More news & events
Create a lasting legacy
When you make a planned gift to Upstate Forever, you help us achieve our goals for current and future generations while enjoying a wide variety of tax benefits. Visit our planned giving site to learn about bequests, IRA rollovers, charitable lead trusts, and other ways to give. Read more

Two upcoming advocacy and education opportunities
The Community Tap is hosting Beer & Napkins Presents LinkingGVL: Rethinking Link of the Comprehensive Plan: Connect Housing from 6:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday, July 29. Join Upstate Forever, the Greenville Homeless Alliance, and more for an evening of dialogue and ideas surrounding the Greenville Comprehensive Plan. Space is limited and tickets are just $5.

Want to understand how to advocate for yourself and your community as our area rapidly grows? Join us Saturday, August 3 from 9:30-11:30 am at the Hughes Main Library in Greenville as Women's Rights Empowerment Network (WREN) Presents Connecting the Dots: Housing, Transit & Land Use. This event is free and open to the public.

Save these dates
  • Lake Conestee Nature Park Volunteer Work Day: Saturday, September 14
  • Field Trip and Tour of Happy Cow Creamery: Saturday, September 28
  • Upstate Forever's Annual Meeting at Lake Conestee Nature Park: Sunday, October 13
  • Field Trip and Tour of Furman University's David E. Shi Center for Sustainability: Thursday, October 24
  • ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon: Monday, February 24, 2020 — Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
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Greenville County Comprehensive Plan Updates
This year Greenville County has begun developing an updated Comprehensive Plan — a process that takes place once every 10 years. Upstate Forever wants to help demystify and empower citizens to influence the Comprehensive Plan update process. Join this dedicated mailing list to receive updates and alerts for all Greenville-based comp plans.

Planning & Growth Updates for Spartanburg County
Spartanburg County is growing rapidly, with more than 60,000 new residents projected by 2040. Whether you live or work in Spartanburg County or just care deeply about its future, our Land Planning & Policy team will keep you informed and actively engaged in shaping Spartanburg's future growth.

SC Legislative Updates
While the State Legislature is in session from January through May of each year, we dispatch a weekly Legislative Update recapping each week's important energy and conservation news. We also issue Action Alerts on critical, time-sensitive issues and provide the tools you need to contact your elected officials.

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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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