Rural Action is a non-governmental organization working in Appalachian Ohio promoting economic, social and environmental justice. The organization envisions a region of clean streams, healthy forests, thriving family farms, meaningful jobs for everyone and lively towns that remember local history and celebrate their stories. Rural Action works in the following programs:
- Watershed restoration
- Sustainable agriculture
- Sustainable forestry
- Environmental Learning Program
- Youth Act
- Arts and Cultural Heritage
The Appalachian Ohio Public Interest Campaign (AOPIC) was founded in 1985 working in environmental advocacy. In 1991, AOPIC was reorganized as Rural Action, changing its focus to regional revitalization. In 1994, Rural Action began an AmeriCorps* VISTA program to build capacity.
- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Division of Mineral Resources Management) presented Rural Action's Monday Creek Restoration Project with its "Minerals Education Award" and "Conservation Achievement of the Year Award" in 2004.
- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Division of Mineral Resources Management) presented the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership (which Rural Action sponsors) with its "Minerals Education Award" and its " Excellence in Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation" in 2006. 
- Rural Action Website
- Expanded description of Rural Action at the Smart Communities Network
- Overview of Rural Action's activities utilizing a Managing Information with Rural America grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- "Rural Action Strengthens Ties between School and Community during Appalachian Ohio's Long Fight for Equitable School Funding" Publication available at the Education Resources Information Center