735. That’s how many acres of land conservation nonprofit Upstate Forever (UF) has recently protected in Greenville, Anderson, and Pickens Counties.
Protection of the acreage — which splits across six properties — was achieved through conservation easements, voluntary legal agreements with landowners, and Upstate Forever’s nationally accredited land trust.
Here’s a look at the projects in each county:
Blackwell Farm, Tigerville | ~50 acres | This property’s meadows, hardwood and pine forests, diverse plant species and wildlife habitat, and Tyger River tributaries are protected from local development.
Five Oaks Farm, Southern Greenville County | 401 acres | The property, which covers ~one mile along the Saluda River, will be maintained for hunting and wildlife management while encouraging native grassland habitat.
Beaverdam Creek Preserve, Greer | 33 acres | A conservation easement prevents the development of this property along Beaverdam Creek and its wildlife habitat and 11 acres of wetlands.
Eastatoe Headwaters, Eastatoe Valley | 26 acres | In the Eastatoe Valley by the The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, a conservation easement will conserve the headwaters’ rare plant habitat, geologic properties, and scenic vistas
Bryson Children’s Nature Walk, Six Mile | 63 acres | Thanks to UF’s land trust fund, this property’s network of beaver bonds will be protected, and The Town of Six Mile will open the property as a public park with trails, a boardwalk, pond overlook, and natural habitat preservation.
UF will protect 161 acres belonging to an anonymous landowner.
Learn more about Upstate Forever and its work.