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Preserve Rural Orange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the environment and public health in Orange County, North Carolina. In highly effective grassroots campaigns and educational forums, PRO has engaged decision-makers, environmental leaders and thousands of citizens. PRO advocates for accountability, transparency, and sustainable, cost-effective alternatives to projects that would have devastating impacts on land, farms and rural communities. We do our homework, with thorough research and a commitment to making public information available in time to make a difference.
Join PRO and support efforts to keep our beautiful countryside green and clean, for generations to come.

© Jesse Kalisher

© Jesse Kalisher

Proposed UNC Airport (yellow), runway (red line) & existing Animal Research Facility (red) in southwest Orange County, North Carolina.

Check out PRO’s EcoAdvocate expert speaker videos on building compelling media campaigns

UNC Journalism professor Ryan Thornburg on why journalists are like teenagers, and online media resources for sharing your story.
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Cartographer Tim Stallmann on cool maps, games, helium balloons for aerial photos, and GIS resources.
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When 100 citizens show up on a weeknight for a public hearing, NC DWQ pays attention. The results? Better monitoring and oversight to protect water and public health.
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