Who We Are

The Tyger River Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Spartanburg, SC, and dedicated to long-term conservation efforts within the Tyger River Basin and to improving quality of life in the Upstate. Our mission is to promote, protect and restore the natural and historic resources of the Tyger River Basin and to encourage an active outdoor lifestyle.

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The Foundation was formed to address a void in our operating area of a local, unified organization with our mission. A group of concerned citizens took on the challenge and established the Tyger River Foundation in 2007. The  Foundation brings a focused, long-term vision and a sustainable plan to protect, promote and restore the Tyger River Basin for public use and enjoyment. The Foundation's efforts protect and conserve land within the Tyger River Basin which includes Greenville, Spartanburg and Union counties. The Foundation also increases opportunities for healthy, active living and boosts the area's economic engine through tourism and quality of place.

Since its inception, The Foundation has acquired and restored Anderson Mill (a 200-year-old grist mill registered as the oldest standing mill in South Carolina and the birthplace of Spartanburg County government), organized a number of river sweeps and clean-up projects within the Basin, and opened Spartanburg County's first public park and river access point on the Tyger River, Nesbitt Shoals Nature Park. Other projects and acquisitions include Tygerberry Landing, Beech Springs Landing, and Cooley Family Landing. We are also in partnership with Wofford College to conserve the Upper Shoals Preserve at Glendale, a property adjacent to Goodall Center for Environmental Learning. We have acquired over 450 acres of special properties. In addition, there are plans to expand throughout our operating area as opportunities, time and finances allow.   If you share our mission, we welcome your support and participation!

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Established in 2007, the Tyger River Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in South Carolina. Its current volunteer board plays an important role in assuring the natural and historic resources of the Tyger River Basin are maintained for generations to come.

Board Members

Julian Hankinson, President

Patrick K. Prince, Secretary

Monty Mullen, Treasurer

Robbie Allen

Suzanne Brooks

Jan Caldwell

Tom Foster

Brad Steinecke

Jonathan Storm

Angela Viney

Dan Whitten