New Leadership at Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE)

New Leadership at Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE)

September 9th 2020

September 9, 2020 Spartanburg, SC  - The Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) announces new leadership in its 30th year as an organization welcoming Amanda Mathis as Executive Director.


The Spartanburg Area Conservancy had been protecting, preserving and providing green spaces for Spartanburg County residents and visitors for over thirty years. As an organization they manage over 5000 acres including the Edwin P. Griffith Preserve that hosts the Cottonwood Trail and Wetlands, parts of the Glendale Shoals Preserve, The Upper Chinquapin Greenway and the Cleveland Preserve Farm. 

The organization and its board of directors welcomed Amanda Mathis as SPACE’s new Executive Director in August. Mathis has recently returned back to Spartanburg after several years in Winston Salem as the Marketing and Development Officer for the Crosby Scholars Community Partnership. Her previous professional roles in Spartanburg include marketing and economic development with the City of Spartanburg and Executive Director of Christmas in Action. 

“We are beyond thrilled to have Amanda join SPACE during such an important year for the organization, says board president Michael Pack. “The commitment we have to providing and protecting green spaces that are publicly accessible and benefit the health and wellbeing of our community is greater than ever before, and we are confident that Amanda’s leadership will only strengthen our efforts.” 

"I love the important work and mission of the Spartanburg Area Conservancy. Our trails and programs appeal to all audiences that collectively care about preserving the beauty of Spartanburg," Mathis says. "Just like my love for the outdoors started at a very young age, SPACE impacts the generations of children and adults by offering an oasis of nature in an urban setting." 

SPACE has embarked on a multi-year revitalization of their signature property, The Cottonwood Trail as part of their 30th Anniversary efforts. The first phase of the project includes the restoration of the nearly twenty year old Boardwalk that traverses a mile of the pristine wetlands. The Boardwalk is slated for completion this month and the organization hopes to celebrate this milestone and their 30th Anniversary with the community as soon as it’s safe for folks to gather again. 

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The mission of SPACE is to promote, protect, and preserve natural resources and open space in the Spartanburg community. SPACE sustains itself through volunteerism, fundraising efforts, responsible stewardship, and sustainable management of resources.


Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization based in Spartanburg, SC, focused on land conservation, parks management, and environmental outreach. SPACE is known in the community for our system of public preserves, most notably the Cottonwood Trail, where we work to provide free public access to green spaces. We work with private landowners and partner agencies to conserve land through voluntary conservation easements and currently protect over 5,000 acres of land in our community.



SPACE is proud to be accredited through the Land Trust Alliance’s National Accreditation Program. This is a rigorous accreditation program representing only 420 of the nation’s estimated 2,400 land trusts and conservancies. The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. They have worked for more than 25 years with the national conservation community - comprising 1.5 million dedicated land conservation professionals, volunteers and supporters - to quickly, effectively and permanently save our most valued natural resource across America.

Contact Kathryn Harvey 646 234 0734 

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