How can we help you?
RMA offers a wide variety of services related to the conservation of natural resources and environmental planning and development. Past clients of our have included the US Army, Bradley’s, Madonia, and Richard Davis (for more information on some of our past projects, visit our Portfolio page). Choose a topic of interest below to see some of the range of services we currently offer to our clients.
Our Areas of Service
RMA develops and implements forest management plans for both private and public clients to generate income, increase asset values, and promote forest health and durability while concurrently providing aesthetic, recreational, and quality environmental benefits. Due to the long-planning horizons with forest management, our customized plans are designed to meet both the current and future needs of the owner. Harvest design, timber inventories and valuation, market planning, sale contracts, timber harvest supervision, reforestation, and timber taxation are packaged services that provide simple turn-key solutions, easing the potential burden on land owners.
Most farmland owners are not farmers and need assistance to insure agricultural activities are increasing asset values, enhancing recreational opportunities while enhancing the capability of the land to sustainably meet the landowner’s short- and long-term ownership objectives.
We conduct detailed financial and production reviews on agricultural enterprises to improve financial results. Our agricultural clients, includes commercial nurseries, tree farmers, large multi-state vegetable producers, small grain/row crop and livestock farmers, aquaculture, nut growers, and vineyards. We first determine the short- and long-term management objectives of the client, followed by an assessment of resources and detailed reviews of existing operations as a basis for developing specific recommendations.
Most of our clients are interested in promoting sustainable and diverse wildlife populations for recreation. Our philosophy towards wildlife management is based on a broad holistic approach rather than single-species management. Wildlife recreational uses can provide year-round personal enjoyment that can be the glue that binds families and can also provide annual revenue through recreational leases. We have prepared management plans for commercial hunting, nature reserves, public and private owners involving threatened and endangered species including the American Bald Eagle, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Gopher Tortoise, Colonial nesting wading birds as well as more common species including White-tailed deer, Wild Turkey, bobwhite quail, and waterfowl.
Habitat management practices may include timber harvesting, afforestation, prescribe burning, creation of wetland, and shallow water impoundments.
RMA is a licensed, Commercial Pesticide Business in Virginia and West Virginia and holds applicator certificates in Landscape, Forestry, Aquatic, Right of Way and Research/ Demonstration. RMA is equipped to deliver both terrestrial and aerial means of treatment. Our clients include private landowners, Homeowners Associations, the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Justice, and US Army/Air Force/Navy/Marines. We have treated several invasive plant species including, Phragmities in tidal wetlands, Ailanthus, China berry, Japanese stilt grass, kudzu, privet, autumn olive, and bamboo.
Our botanical training sets us apart from other invasive plant species control businesses in that we begin by understanding the character and habitats of both targeted and desirable vegetation which allows us to more effectively create and restore natural vegetation communities. We draw from both field inspection and remote sensing data to identify the extent of invasive species populations, allowing us to more efficiently guide control efforts and management.
Land-cover evolves over time. The ability for vegetation to meet functional requirements such for timber production, water quality protection, aesthetic or visual buffers and wildlife habitat also changes as the size, density, maturity, and fruiting capability of vegetation evolves. Regular management of land-cover is necessary to maintain a healthy vegetation condition that will continue to meet the needs of the landowner.
The management of many grassland bird species including game birds such as quail, turkey, and pheasant may require prescribe burning on a 3-5 year rotation to maintain a grassland community. The maintenance of scenic vistas or vegetative screening typically requires periodic thinning and pruning to satisfy these design attributes. Since 1981, we have performed prescribe burning, invasive plant species treatments, and thinning and timber stand improvements on more than 26,000 acres to create and/or maintain functional values associated with grassland, shrub, and forested habitats.
RMA is committed to promoting water quality protection by use of best management practices and pre-site disturbance planning, greatly reducing the potential for downstream water quality degradation. We are certified in Virginia as Erosion & Sediment Control and Stormwater Management combined administrators, supporting our ability for developing and implementing Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater management plans as well as reviewing proposed plans. RMA takes a watershed management approach to ameliorate the effects of land disturbance, therefore also reducing the impact on your neighbors and capitalizing on the subject land’s natural composition. With more than 30 years experience, we have developed a reputation for creatively solving unique problems associated with commercial and residential developers, commercial nurseries, farmers, and forestry operations to capture run-off, reuse and retain on-site. We have successfully created and restored both tidal and non-tidal wetlands and have received several awards for our innovative design and construction projects.
We were the first company in Virginia extend BMP tax credits to nurseries. Our project involved the capture, re-circulation, and reuse of irrigation water from a commercial nursery where all stormwater runoff from the facility was directed to central irrigation ponds, which was then reused for production purposes.
Specific land uses such as commercial vegetable production using plastic mulch can create extreme runoff events resulting in erosion, water quality degradation and impacts to aquatic living resources. RMA has successfully resolved extreme erosion problems through a design/build process.
RMA utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and remote sensing, such as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to support all natural resource services and provide clients with GIS analysis and modeling. GIS is an integral tool in data collection, analysis, and representation (cartography). RMA relies on sub-meter precision GPS units to provide clients with accurate geospatial inventories including the delineation of property boundaries, wetlands, land cover/timber types, and areas of environmental concern. In addition RMA has over 15 years of GIT experience, supporting projects such as vegetative assessments, hydrological modeling, wildlife management, and regional planning.
RMA uses aerial photography, topographic images, digital elevation models, soils delineations, land cover, GPS points, and any other type of spatial data that we can generate or obtain to illustrate to landowners any particular characteristic or attribute that landowners may have a question or concern about. We can use GIS to show a landowner the assets, resources’ and unique features of their properties. We develop and maintain customized ownership data including deed and plat book references, real estate taxes, acreages of various land cover types, soils, assessed and appraisal values, and produce a variety of customized management reports and plans. Each of these data layers of information can then be overlaid and displayed on aerial photographs to create, analyze and present management information.
In addition, RMA can customize a GIS management plan to fit your needs. We can help you develop an in-house system for you to manage your projects locally while providing you with guidance and assistance remotely.
RMA utilizes Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology for videography and remote sensing purposes. All data and video collected is used to support natural resource management services associated with forestry, agriculture, wildlife, species habitat, invasive species control, land cover management, environmental and water resources, geographic information technology, and education. RMA relies on HD Video and photos via 4K Camera systems for project monitoring, documentation, inspection, 3-D modelling, orthophotography, and general video production. RMA has over 30 years each of experience in the field of natural resources consulting, utilizing geospatial technology and remotely sensed data to provide solutions. We utilize Lidar, thermal, and multi-spectral sensors. Sample projects include site modelling for large-scale solar farms, real estate marketing, shoreline stabilization monitoring, and agricultural inspections.