Landowner Advisor Program

Enhancing Agricultural Lands in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

Do you own farmland in the tinted areas shown on the map below and do not live on or operate your land?  Are you interested in improving land management, wildlife habitat, water quality or scenic beauty on your farm?

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If the answer is yes:

Potomac Conservancy’s Landowner Advisor Program was formed to help landowners like you connect with helpful technical and financial resources to make your vision for your land a reality.   


Our Landowner Advisors, Joe Thompson and James Remuzzi, can discuss the many conservation options available in this region and help you identify opportunities on your land.

Joe and James can:

  • meet with you on your property or over the phone to discuss your goals
  • help you identify conservation opportunities on your land
  • help you understand and walk you through the application process and eligibility requirements for a suite of financial assistance programs
  • connect you with the right technical experts to make your goals a reality 
  • facilitate conversations between you and your operator if needed

Joe Thompson - Washington, Frederick and Carroll Counties in MD; Loudoun County, VA or 540-903-8947

James Remuzzi - Jefferson and Berkeley Counties in WV; Frederick and Shenandoah Counties in VA or 202-746-1649

If you prefer to research on your own, you may also peruse our Conservation Programs Guide for a brief look at the many incentive programs and partners that are here to help.

Click here for information on federal, state and local programs including contact information.  

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Why Does Your Farm Matter?

Cool Down a Pollution Hotspot

The priority counties in which we are offering this service have all been identified as pollution hotspots, primarily for nitrogen and phosphorous (see map). Nutrient pollution in these areas primarily originates on farms where manure and excess fertilizer runs off the land during rain events or where cattle are allowed direct access to streams.  

Excess pollution can be prevented, however, through simple conservation  measures such as planting riparian buffers and grass filter strips,  using cover crops and fencing cattle out of streams. Our landowner  advisors can help you select the programs that will best help you to  improve the value of your land - sometimes even at a profit to you! Contact Joe or James today to get started!