How 'Missing Middle Housing' could help Spartanburg manage growth - July 23rd, 2023

Land Policy Manager Allie Martinsen shares one strategy that could help to guide and shape growth to enhance the character of rural, suburban, and urban places like Spartanburg. read more

By Allie Martinsen

Here's what the Sackett v EPA ruling could mean for the Upstate - July 14th, 2023

The Supreme Court of the United States made a catastrophic decision against US waterways with their ruling in the Sackett v. EPA case. The unequivocal blow was made on May 25th and rolls back decades of efforts to restore and maintain the integrity of the nation's waters. Many wetlands are no longer federally protected and our waterways are now vulnerable to pollution and harmful development. Learn more about what this means for the Upstate. read more

By Erika Hollis

Rural land is disappearing: What's SC doing about it? - July 5th, 2023

Calling all land lovers! This new series by our Land Policy Manager Allie Martinsen will cover all things rural preservation. This post marks the first in the series and discusses the current state of rural land in South Carolina, preservation strategies, and the benefits of agritourism. Stay tuned for future posts that will feature preservation opportunities, interviews, local highlights, and more. read more

By Allie Martinsen

Legislative Updates: 2023 Wrap-Up, Part 2 - July 5th, 2023

For part two of our session wrap-up, we take our final dive into the State Budget, which has been our real conservation success of the year. Learn about UF's budget priorities and other funding that benefits conservation. We look forward to seeing you back here next year for more Legislative Updates! read more

By Megan Chase-Muller

The Upstate Update: June 2023 - June 25th, 2023

In this month's Upstate Update, find some huge news about the future Saluda Grade Trail, read a recap of the recent Electric Vehicle Energy Roundtable, and learn about the latest updates to the "Restore Chattooga Gorge" initiative. read more

Huge news! SC includes $10 million in new budget for the Saluda Grade Trail - June 23rd, 2023

The Saluda Grade Trail connecting Upstate SC and Western NC is one step closer to being a reality thanks to this commitment from the South Carolina State Legislature. read more

A new partnership with the Palmetto Conservation Corps - June 22nd, 2023

We worked alongside Conestee Nature Preserve staff to host the Palmetto Conservation Corps Summer Crew for a week of habitat improvement projects in the Preserve’s grasslands and bottomland forest. read more

By Lauren Ulich

Electric Vehicle Equity Roundtable Recap - June 21st, 2023

Together with Sustaining Way, we hosted an Electric Vehicle Equity Roundtable in May. The event was the first of its kind in the Upstate, and it brought together a diverse group of experts, community leaders, and Upstate residents to discuss Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption and equitable mobility options. read more

By Michael Coleman

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