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Through our experience and understanding of forestry, ecology, and planning, we are uniquely positioned to deliver top-notch services. We provide these services for forest landowners, conservation organizations, and infrastructure and development projects. Click one of the icons below to find out more.

Ecoforestry for Forest Landowners

Helia Environmental can provide a full suite of forestry and ecological services to North Carolina landowners. These services can clarify and inspire. Your objectives as a forest landowner and steward can be achieved. To accomplish this for you, our ecoforestry services include land planning, conservation planning, forest management plans, forest stewardship plans, detailed conservation values and natural inventories, and more.

Ecological and Support Services for Conservation Organizations

The services Helia Environmental can provide you and your organization include creating Baseline Documentation Reports and related ecological reports for conservation easement and conservation lands.

For these same lands, we can develop forest stewardship plans or other management plans. Once these plans are created, we can implement forestry restoration projects.

The combination of these and other services provides you with turn-key services that can go hand-in-hand with any in-house stewardship you do.

Comprehensive Planning Services for Sustainable Developments and Infrastructure Projects

Helia Environmental can help you with your development and infrastructure planning needs. These projects can include residential neighborhoods, solar plants, fiber optic networks, and transmission lines. As someone wanting to develop an area, you might wonder: how can I do it in the most ecologically-sensitive manner possible?

The answer, of course, depends on the land. And with a goal like that, knowing your natural resources and conservation values is fundamental.

A history of success

We’ve worked on ecological and foresrty projects totaling over 60,000 acres in the Southern Blue Ridge, North Carolina, and the Southeast.

“Lloyd was exceptionally easy to work with, and very thorough in his work.  His knowledge and expertise were immediately evident.  He understood our objectives and tailored his recommendations accordingly.  He showed us things we had never seen on our own property, even though we spend a good deal of time on it.  We have seen large reductions in property taxes as a result.  I would recommend him without hesitation.”

Frank D. Bell

Camp Mondamin, Henderson County, North Carolina

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Lloyd Raleigh on a nature conservation project spanning over 20,000 acres of North Carolina land and have been continually impressed by his diligence and enthusiasm, both for the work in the field and in meetings with conservancies and their constituencies.  His efforts in both areas played a decisive role in securing the protection of 7000 acres of Box Creek Wilderness in Rutherford and McDowell Counties in partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and others.”

Tim Sweeney

CEO of Epic Games and Largest Conservation Landowner in North Carolina

“Lloyd is not only a first-class naturalist, but also an exceptionally organized and capable communicator. Along with his network of professional colleagues, Lloyd helped us establish our land as Natural Area and document numerous globally rare species and communities. With his help we stopped a high voltage transmission line from bisecting our family land. We could not be happier with his work.”

The Vann Family

Landowner, Avery County, North Carolina

“When The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Blue Ridge program wanted to convey the meaning and uses of our forest conservation planning work, we called on Helia because of Lloyd’s unique combination of expertise in ecology, land management, videography and storytelling.  He worked with me every step of the way to take our jargon-filled explanations, tailor them to the general audience we were trying to reach, turn them into a coherent story, and buttress it with dynamic mapping, imagery, and music.   I was thrilled to hear Conservancy leadership praising the video as “amazing— . . . succinct, concise, . . . incredibly well-presented . . . , wonderful work!”  Lloyd’s patient guidance and attentive execution led to the creation of a valuable tool for our communications arsenal.” 

David Ray

The Nature Conservancy

“It is more than evident that Biltmore Lake chose the right person with a depth of knowledge for drafting our forest management plan.The end result was a detailed report that will remain a valuable guide for the community for years to come.”

Bill McMannis

On-site Manager, Biltmore Lake Association, Candler, North Carolina

“Lloyd Raleigh is one of the most innovative environmental planners and ecologists that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  He takes a pragmatic and insightful approach to habitat management challenges.  Lloyd uses “common person” language to describe complex ecological research and stewardship practices and takes the necessary time to meet with stakeholders before, during and after the development of planning documents to assure that all points of view have been heard. Mr. Raleigh’s approach to developing management plans is commonsense and straightforward.  After spending more than 35 years as a wildlife management professional, I wish that more ecologists and planners would adopt Lloyd’s approach to planning and habitat management!”

Chris Kennedy

The Trustees of Reservations

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The Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment: A Biological Treasure

The Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment: A Biological Treasure

Table Rock State Park Ranger Adam pinned a Junior Ranger badge on my seven-year old daughter's shirt. Along the trail, she showed every hiker her new badge, and we searched for spring flowers, animals, and heart-shaped rocks. This was our first visit of the year to...

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