Meet Your Land Advisors! 


Joe Thompson, Landowner Advisor - Washington, Frederick and Carroll Counties, MD and Loudoun County, VA

Joe Thompson is contracting with the Potomac Conservancy as their Landowner Advisor, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in the planning and implementation of conservation and environmental restoration programs.   During his 30 year career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) he held county and regional positions. Joe worked directly with ranchers in eastern Oregon, California and Nevada and with farmers in the Piedmont of Virginia to develop and implement a wide variety of conservation practices.


During his career, these practices were put in place on over 500,000 acres of pasture, range and crop land. He is also the sole proprietor of Smarts Creek Enterprises LLC, providing consultation services to land owners and operators. These services include analysis, design and implementation of natural resource conservation projects, organic agricultural production, and conservation easements. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University.

Other current professional activities include working with the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District as an Associate Director; serving as a councilman for the Tidewater Resource Conservation and Development Council; acting as a board member for the Virginia Association of United Land Trusts Executive Board; and participating as a member of the Rappahannock River Technical Advisory Committee. He has received numerous awards for his work in conservation, including the “Partners in Conservation Award” from the USDI Secretary of the Interior, the “National Unit Award for Superior Service” from the USDA Secretary of Agriculture, and the “Outstanding Tree Farmer Award” from the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Joe’s personal accomplishments range from developing a licensed 10KW micro hydroelectric plant to being a volunteer certified water plant operator for a town of 50 residents in Oregon. In his free time he enjoys his family, travel, kayaking, fishing, hiking and birding.

Contact Joe at or 540-903-8947. 

James Remuzzi, Landowner Advisor - Frederick and Shenandoah Counties, VA and Jefferson and Berkeley Counties, WV

James R. Remuzzi is Potomac Conservancy's contract Landowner Advisor for the northern Shenandoah Valley. He is the president and founder of Sustainable Solutions, LLC a natural resource management company based in Shepherdstown, WV. Sustainable Solutions provides natural resource consulting and contracting services to private landowners, forestry associations, conservation buyers, non profits, NGO’s, investors, and State and Federal agencies.

James grew up on a 76 acre farm in Clarks Gap, Virginia that raised grass fed beef and timber. He has degrees in Forest Technology and Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to founding Sustainable Solutions, his experience was based largely in the private sector, where he worked for The Sampson Group as a member of the planning team for the Chesapeake Forests project, and for Vision Forestry LLC as a field forester on over 60,000 acres of forestland on Maryland and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. While on the Shore, James was a member of the management team that underwent a successful dual SFI/FSC forest certification audit of 25,000 acres of the Chesapeake Forest project lands.

In addition to serving as the Conservancy's Landowner Advisor, James’ work includes supporting the development of an ecosystem market for the Chesapeake Bay, working with an investment group to restore a large wetland complex in Sussex county Delaware and Chesapeake Virginia, providing tree planting, invasive plant control and forestry mowing for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and providing prescribed fire services across the mid atlantic.

James is a certified burn boss in Maryland and Virginia, a member of the International Association for Wildland Fire, the Nature Conservancy, and the Forest Resources Association. James is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling. In 2000, he summited Denali (Mt McKinley, AK).

Contact James at or 202-746-1649