One of the key organizations in the preservation of Albemarle County’s rural beauty is the Piedmont Environmental Council. The PEC is "a 35 year old non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty."
A variety of regional, statewide and national issues are delt with that impact the northern Piedmont area of Virginia. These include the conservation of farmland and forests, solutions for traffic congestion and transpotation, preserving clean air and water, protecting wildlife and their natural habitat.
The Piedmont Environmental Council serves 9 counties and 1 city in Central Virginia: Albemarle, Charlottesville, Culpepper, Orange, Madison, Rappahannock, Greene, Fauquier, Clarke, Madison. Regarding Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville the focus is on keeping a balance between city and county. In all of the areas where towns are impinging on the countryside there is an emphasis on building communities where residents can enjoy both the towns and the open countryside.
The PEC has had a major impact on the stewardship of land in the Piedmont and can boast one of the highest densities of private conservation land in the United States. This is not a time to rest on our laurels. If we want to keep our rural countryside, one of the things that we can do is to support the efforts of the Piedmont Environmental Council.