The Piedmont Land Conservancy was founded in 1990 for the purpose of protecting and preserving the biologically rich areas of nine Piedmont counties. The group has around one hundred projects spread across 12,500 protected acres of natural land and farmland. Like The Nature Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization, the PLC is a land trust. Land trusts buy or facilitate the purchase of actual acreage or development rights on acreage to preserve that land's natural or historic value. The PLC focuses on Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties.