Welcome to the PRN Education Fund
dedicated to promoting land conservation awareness, education and outreach in Napa County for the benefit of current and future generations.
In 1968 the Napa Valley floor was established as an Agricultural Preserve (AP zone), and in the 1973 Napa County General Plan much of the remainder of the county was established as an Agriculture/Watershed Open Space (AW zone). Limits to the development of non-agricultural uses in the last 45 years have meant that a county so close to the urban sprawl of the San Francisco Bay Area has managed to retain much of its rural character. But despite the protections inherent in the AP and AW zoning, development pressures hoping to turn Napa land to more profitable use are constant. Revisions to the General Plan to increase profitability have been enacted, resulting each time in a dilution in the commitment to the original intention.
Protect Rural Napa has been created in an effort to reinforce the original intentions of the Ag Preserve through local community support and action. As residents , we have the opportunity to challenge the adverse impacts of commercial opportunism that the county has seemed to encourage in the last few years. We need to act on that opportunity.
Protect Rural Napa, established in 2014, is a public benefit corporation, dedicated to:
- Promoting awareness of land conservation in environmentally sensitive areas in Napa County.
- Preserving the agricultural nature of the County of Napa.
- Providing educational outreach materials to affected areas, including neighborhoods and residents of Napa County.
- Making grants to organizations that share a similar specific purpose.
Board of Directors
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