Upstate Forever Announces New Board, Staff and Advisory Council Members

Greenville, SC – Upstate Forever is honored to announce that Bob Erwin has joined its Board of Directors. Born in Laurens, Erwin has been practicing law in Greenwood for nearly 40 years, concentrating on alternative dispute resolution and mediation. He holds degrees from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He also serves as Chair of the Genetics and Birth Defects Research Foundation of the Greenwood Genetics Center and on the board of The Pathway House for the homeless.

Sam Danner is the new Membership and Special Events Director at Upstate Forever. His responsibilities include membership acquisition and retention and special events management. An avid bicyclist and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Danner worked for four years with an artist management and public relations firm in New York City and most recently with the Greer Development Corporation as its Downtown Development Director.

Former Upstate Forever Board of Directors Chairman Carlton Owen has joined the organization’s Advisory Council. A forester and wildlife biologist for over three decades, Owen is currently president of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. The former vice chairman of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Board and former executive director of the Sustainable Forestry Board, he holds bachelors and masters degrees from Mississippi State University.
Upstate Forever is a nonprofit, membership-based organization promoting sensible growth and the protection of special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. Our three program areas are Land Trust, Sustainable Communities, and Clean Air and Water. Founded in 1998, Upstate Forever now has nearly 2,000 members, two offices, and a staff of 17. For more information, visit

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