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Lane honored as Upstate Forever Conservation Champion

Wofford professor named “Clean Water Champion”


 SPARTANBURG, S.C. – John Lane, award-winning author and director of Wofford’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center and professor of environmental studies and English, has been named a “Clean Water Champion” by Upstate Forever.

The award was presented at the organization’s ForeverGreen Annual Awards luncheon in February.

Lane was recognized for his time exploring and educating others on rivers and streams through his books, which include “My Paddle to the Sea,” “Waist Deep in Black Water,” “Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River,” “A Stand of Cypress” and “Circling Home.” Lane also was noted for his work on the “Thinking Like a River” initiative, which creates a culture of sustainability centered on local waters by offering unique, hands-on experiences with area rivers for the Wofford College and Spartanburg communities.

Upstate Forever honored a total of six individuals and organizations as conservation champions for their contributions in the area of land protection, water and air quality, sustainable development, public service and volunteer work.

Brad Wyche, executive director of Upstate Forever, recognizes the honorees for their leadership and accomplishments. “These champions have done exceptional work in making the Upstate a greener, cleaner and more sustainable region,” says Wyche.

Upstate Forever is a non-profit organization promoting sensible growth and protecting special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.upstateforever.org.