In 1973, our senior member, Tommy Wyche, founded Naturaland Trust, one of the region's oldest land trusts. The Blue Ridge Mountains are just a few miles from our Greenville office, and the mission of Naturaland Trust from the beginning has been the protection of those special mountains. Their preservation is particularly important because they are part of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, an area of global importance because of its biological diversity.
Tommy's work has led to the protection of tens of thousands of acres of South Carolina's Blue Ridge Escarpment. He has played a key role in ensuring future generations will enjoy iconic natural areas including Caesar's Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park, and Raven Cliff Falls. His years of advocacy led to South Carolina's acquisition of the Jocassee Gorges, a beautiful expanse of mountains in nearby Pickens County. Tommy is also an accomplished nature photographer and the author of a number of books, including South Carolina's Mountain Wilderness – The Blue Ridge Escarpment, The Blue Wall – Wilderness of the Carolinas and Georgia, Guide to the Mountain Bridge Trails, Mosaic – 21 Special Places in the Carolinas, Cycles of Nature, and Quiet Reflections. His work has been recognized nationally; he has received the Gulf Oil National Conservation Award, The Nature Conservancy Oak Leaf Award, and the Alexander Calder Conservation Award, among others.
“I hope the future generations will continue to protect our natural resources—the mountains, the waters, the landscape.” — Tommy Wyche, in 2012
Others in the firm have followed in Tommy Wyche's footsteps. Cary Hall has been a leader in the effort to establish the Palmetto Trail from South Carolina's coast to its mountains and served as chair of the board of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. Cary has personally carved miles of trails so that hikers can enjoy the beauty of South Carolina's mountains.
Our former colleague Brad Wyche is now the Executive Director and founder of Upstate Forever, which is now the leading organization in Upstate South Carolina advocating for wise growth and conservation policies. Wyche, and many of our individual attorneys, have supported Upstate Forever's projects.
Many members of Wyche, P.A. are actively involved in conservation activities that have resulted in the establishment of parks, nature preserves, and conservation easements over large expanses of nearby mountain lands. Several Wyche attorneys serve on the boards of entities that are active in influencing the cause of conservation and have received many prestigious state and national awards for their conservation efforts, including the American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environmental and Resource Stewardship.
Wyche also has a Green Committee that works to ensure that our law firm operations reflect Wyche's deep commitment to protecting the environment of the area where we live and work.