Main features
The RDMA has within its boundaries three Special Areas of Conservation, the Monadhliath, Creag Meagaidh and Kinveachy. In addition there are two Sites of Special Scientific Interest at Creag Dhu and Glen Tarff.  Kinveachy is currently focusing on recovery and expansion of mature woodland,  Creag Meagaidh on recovery and expansion of woodland without fencing, and Monaliath is due to be the subject of a major peatland research project to better understand deer/erosion impacts and in parallel, research into the long term benefits of recent sheep stocking reductions within the RDMA. The Findhorn Valley aims to promote the recovery of dwarf shrub heaths in the glen and to assist with the ecological restoration at Coignafearn.

Natural regeneration of native woodland at Glen Tarff SSSI using rotational deer fencing is subject to discussion and at Creag Dhu SSSI the focus is on recovery and expansion of woodland.