HELM believes that degraded land has been caused by either a lack of proper land management or a misunderstanding of how to manage land. As a result, most of the world’s land mass has become or is becoming desert because key animals have been removed from the environment. The impact of this action has manifested a distortion in carbon, water and energy cycles. When we look at land this way, we can focus our attention on methods for implementing effective land management strategies to bring these cycles back into balance. Through effective land management, HELM endeavors to regenerate soil to relieve the symptoms of degraded land, which include excess flooding, soil loss, wild fires, dust storms and brownfields (contaminated water, soil, and sediment). The primary tool to mitigate against these symptoms will be livestock, used to mimic those former key grazing animals that once symbiotically co-existed with grasses and forbes, thick healthy topsoil and substantial water holding capacity.
HELM has all the expertise to develop and design customized action plans to implement this process to achieve soil regeneration using animal impact.