Upstate Forever

Upstate Forever promotes sensible growth and the protection of special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. The membership-based, nonprofit organization covers ten counties (Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union), and we have three main programs: Land Trust, Sustainable Communities, and Clean Air and Water.

Our Land Trust program works with landowners to protect significant properties and resources in the region, primarily through land protection agreements. To date we have completed 57 such agreements, protecting nearly 10,391 acres of important land in the Upstate.

Our Sustainable Communities program promotes economically, socially, and environmentally sound growth in the Upstate by supporting green development, parks and natural areas, active living initiatives, land use and infrastructure planning, and adaptive reuse and revitalization of existing communities.

Our Clean Air and Water program works to promote low impact development; improve stormwater and erosion control measures; buffer floodplains, greenways, and lakeshores; protect pristine streams and wild rivers; improve air quality in the region; and raise awareness about climate change. Its water quality efforts are organized geographically, focused on mountain streams, urban rivers, rural waters, and statewide water resources.

Across all three programs, we work to educate the public, developers, and policy makers about land use, conservation, and growth management issues in the Upstate. We publish a semi-annual newsletter, the Upstate Advocate; a monthly bulletin, the Upstate Update, and a weekly Legislative Update during the South Carolina legislative session. We also maintain this website; sponsor conferences, lectures, and workshops; take numerous field trips; and speak to many different groups and organizations throughout the region.

Founded in 1998, we now have over 3,500 members, a staff of 21 (full- and part-time), and two offices — our main office in Greenville, and an office in Spartanburg.

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Contact Upstate Forever

Erin Knight
Director of Land Trust Program
507 Pettigru Street
PO Box 2308
Greenville, South Carolina  29602-2308
Phone: (864) 250-0500 ext. 26
Fax: (864) 250-0788


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Abbeville County, South Carolina
  • Anderson County, South Carolina
  • Cherokee County, South Carolina
  • Greenville County, South Carolina
  • Greenwood County, South Carolina
  • Laurens County, South Carolina
  • Oconee County, South Carolina
  • Pickens County, South Carolina
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina
  • Union County, South Carolina

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