Upstate Forever is a grass roots membership based organization. Established in 1998, we now have close to 2,000 members.
In addition to financially supporting the mission of Upstate Forever, our members enjoy field trips such as kayaking on the Chattooga river, hiking through protected properties, photography outings led by local nature photographers and much more.
Educational opportunities include tours of “walkable communities” in our area and lectures on such diverse topics as Traditional Neighborhood Development and riparian buffer restoration. Our annual meetings are always an opportunity for members to meet, eat, and “move their feet” usually held one of Upstate Forever’s easements or other natural settings.
Many of our members are also dedicated volunteers. Contact Angela Viney for more information about volunteer activities.
Why do they belong? Ask them! And then join us!
“The Upstate of South Carolina is a beautiful area. We have mountains with wonderful views for hiking and camping. We have rivers, creeks, ponds and lakes for exploring and playing. We have great diversity in wildlife and plant life to enjoy. We must remember, however, that within a very short time span we can and will destroy it all for everyone if we don’t preserve and protect it. That’s why Karen and I support the Land Trust of Upstate Forever. We support it so much that we’ve purchased a beautiful piece of wilderness that we plan to preserve for future generations.”
“Upstate Forever has a unique and wonderful vision for the land use legacy we leave to future generations. The Upstate Forever field trips are great fun and serve to further educate us on the rare beauty of this region. On each field trip, I have made new friends and returned with a renewed commitment to the stewardship of the natural treasures in our communities. This is a true “grassroots organization” because every dollar donated and every hour volunteered has a positive impact towards preserving the irreplaceable natural resources that are special to Upstate South Carolina.”