Upstate Forever Honored by Trout Unlimited

The South Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited presented its 2012 Palmetto Trout Award to Upstate Forever at the Council’s mid-year meeting at Jones Gap State Park on July 21. Representing over 1,300 Trout Unlimited members, the South Carolina Council presents this award annually to an organization or individual in South Carolina that has made significant contributions to support Trout Unlimited's mission of protecting and sustaining the state's coldwater resources.

Malcolm Leaphart, Chair of Trout Unlimited’s South Carolina Council, presented the award, stating, “Upstate Forever was selected for its leadership in the installation of rock vanes in the South Saluda River that transformed a silt-filled, habitat-poor stretch of water into a beautiful trout stream; its participation in the restoration of eastern brook trout to its natural Upstate habitat; its successful efforts to protect the North Saluda River from erosion, harmful runoff, and siltation by a golf course proposed by the Cliffs Communities; and its overall history of protecting, restoring and sustaining the Upstate’s land and water resources.” Accepting the award, Upstate Forever Executive Director Brad Wyche said, “We are truly honored to receive this recognition from an organization with such a long and successful history of protecting local streams and river systems.”

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 140,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to California and South Carolina to Alaska with more than 30 offices nationwide. Founded in 1959, TU’s mission is to protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. TU has three chapters in South Carolina: Mountain Bridge in the Greenville area, Saluda River in Columbia and Chattooga River in Clemson. For more information, visit

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 over 1,800 members, two offices, and a staff of 17. For more information, visit

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