Over time, the loss of open space, population growth, and infringing development led to increasing citizen concern that York County's picturesque scenery and cherished way of life were vanishing. Faced with the need to manage growth responsibly, protect exceptional resources, and preserve unique character, York County Council created the York County Forever Commission (YCF) in 1998, to serve as the county's land conservation organization. YCF was charged with the mission of promoting and protecting significant natural, cultural, historic, and environmental resources.
Through acquisition, purchase of development rights, and conservation easements, YCF has assisted in the preservation of over 9,600 acres of unique York County resources, including the following properties.
Historic Brattonsville - This living history site near McConnells was home to three generations of the Bratton family and provides visitors with an opportunity to see the evolution of Southern culture and history in the Carolina Piedmont.
Kirsh Wildlife Management Area - Over 600 acres of natural and scenic open space, located near Sharon. Managed by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the property is open daily for a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Nanny's Mountain - This 92 acre monadnock in the Clover area offers unique views of the surrounding area and is also the site of Revolutionary War era iron ore mines.
White Home - One of the oldest homes in Rock Hill, the restored property is open for tours and special events.
Worth Mountain - Located on the Broad River, this 1,647 acre site is managed by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and is open to the public for hunting, fishing, hiking, and other passive recreational activities.
One Commissioner is appointed by York County Council from each of the 7 council districts. Commissioners are appointed to 3 year terms and are eligible to serve 2 consecutive terms. Representatives from Nation Ford Land Trust and the Culture & Heritage Commission also serve as ex-officio Commissioners.