Land Services

HELM sees strategic land management as a unique opportunity for overcoming the significant problems faced by communities, governments and populations across the U.S. and around the world, including: water conservation, insufficient agriculture production resulting in food shortage, poverty, and environmental degradation. Our staff is trained in Holistic Management, a framework for decision making that considers humans, the economy, and the environment as inseparable. Our approach to land-connected projects uses this Holistic Management framework to make decisions that concurrently consider economic, social, and environmental realities in both the short- and long-term. Unique to HELM is our commitment to explore Holistic Engineering and Land Management principles and practices to provide multi-disciplinary benefits to our clients. At HELM, you are assured a unique approach to solutions that employ comprehensive and effective strategies to meet and exceed your project objectives. Our project Project Management Style is inspired by our desire to build and maintain long-lasting relationships. We pride ourselves in helping our clients reach and exceed their goals from both a holistic and evolutionary approach promoting innovative strategies that work with nature. Our emphasis is on a “holistic” or a “whole system” project approach, where all aspects associated within the system, not just the problem at hand, are considered.

HELM is well versed in land development and understands the developer’s needs. HELM understands that its primary role is to assist developers during the site assessment process and to provide engineering solutions for the desired development. Site assessments are one of the keys to a successful land development project. A piece of raw land can give different impressions to different people. While every property is unique in some way, HELM can help developers be successful by fnding the highest and best use of the land. Whether the developer prefers to be personally involved in assessing a site or rely on a professional, HELM can provide the type of value necessary to achieve a successful development. HELM can facilitate the assessment of various conditions, such as, soil, drainage, hazardous materials, environmental and cultural, accessibility, and utilities. HELM’s engineering evaluations are thorough, easy to understand and written to prepare the developer to make the most informed decision on their investment. HELM’s engineering solutions include conventional land development design, but to hold true to its values, HELM identifes and encourages sustainable low impact development and green infrastructure strategies that will help the developer promote their project in a marketplace that has an increasing interest in environmentally friendly development.

Holistic Land Management

Holistic land management can be used for flood control, dust mitigation, preventing soil loss, mine reclamation, brownfields remediation, and preventing wildfires. Watch Allan Savory's Ted Talk to understand more.

HELM offers consulting services that empowers land and resource managers, increasing their net gains and profits by improving land performance. These services can be applied in any climate, in both urban and rural settings.

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Land Development

HELM is well versed in land development and understands the developer’s needs. HELM can provide the type of value necessary to achieve a successful development. HELM has expertise in the complete range of services to provide conventional civil site engineering.

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Keyline Planning

Keyline planning is a set of techniques and systems that organizes and manages water across both urban and rural landscapes. A Keyline Plan is designed to absorb and hold water within an area to improve biological diversity, increase soil water holding capacity, and enhance the hydrologic cycle.

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Soil Erosion Mitigation

Soil erosion mitigation can be approach from a variety of angles. These strategies includes managing landuse, planting vegetation, using geo textiles, structural measures such as riprap, retaining walls, grade controls etc. and flow velocity reductions. The range of soil-erosion mitigation experitise provided by HELM includes holistic land management, fluvial geomorphology, scour & sediment yield estimation, complex two-dimensional H&H numerical modeling and drainage design.

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Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development (LID) is a total site design approach that conserves and uses existing natural site features and systems integrated with distributed best management practices (BMP) stormwater management controls to mimic and recreate the natural water balance. Low Impact Development (LID) is a total site design approach that conserves and uses existing natural site features and systems integrated with distributed best management practices (BMP) stormwater management controls to mimic and recreate the natural water balance. LID's potential advantages incude flood hazard mitigation, water conservation and water quality enhancements. LID can be applied on various scales: on site, within a project, or throughout a watershed. Depending on the scale, HELM has the expertise to develop customized LID alternatives that includes features such as Bioretention Cells (rain gardens), Cisterns or Rain Barrels, Green Roots, Permeable Pavers and Bioswales. We also have the capability to model LID infrastructure within two-dimensional Hydrologic and Hydraulic Models to evaluate the hydraulic performance of LID measures.

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Soil Remediation

HELM can design credible in-situ soil remediation strategies to replace expensive traditional dig and haul methods.

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Mine Reclamation

Mine reclamation is a process by which land is that has been mined is restored to a natural state enhancing its economic viability. HELM achieves this transformation through a holistic approach where degraded soil is restored through a variety of land management practises. HELM can develop customized action plan for this process to achieve this transformation in a practical and cost-effective manner.

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Animal Impact

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 regernation using animal impact.

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