Who We are
Promote. Protect. Restore.
The Tyger River Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Spartanburg, SC, and is dedicated to long-term conservation efforts within the Tyger River Basin and to improving the quality of life in the Upstate. We promote, protect and restore the natural and historic resources of the Tyger River Basin and encourage an active outdoor lifestyle.
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.
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.
Since its inception, The Foundation has acquired and begun restoring 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 river sweeps and clean-up projects, 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 working with Wofford College to conserve the Upper Shoals Preserve at Glendale, a property adjacent to the Goodall Center for Environmental Learning.
If you share our mission, we welcome your support and participation!
Board of Directors
Julian Hankinson, President
Patrick K. Prince, Secretary
Monty Mullen, Treasurer
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.