Bluesource Sustainable Forests Company

Managing former timberlands for the climate

What We Do

A new future for North American forestland is underway

A first in the U.S. timber industry, Bluesource Sustainable Forests Company (BSFC) is the largest private forestland owner focused entirely on climate mitigation. At present, 1.7 million acres with a history of industrial timber extraction are now under management for long-term carbon sequestration, climate adaptation, and restoration of biodiversity. BSFC is a joint venture between Anew Climate, LLC and an equity investment consortium led by Oak Hill Advisors, L.P. 

Jamie Houston, CEO

55 Vilcom Center Drive
Suite 240
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
United States

A new future for North American forestland

1.7 million acres and growing. From Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to New York’s Adirondacks, down through Appalachia to Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, and over to the Apalachicola River in Florida, softwood pines and mixed hardwood forests are now being returned to a more natural state.

BSFC forest management priorities

carbon capacity
carbon capacity

Every property is closely reviewed for carbon potential, and set on a new path to maximize that potential enabled by carbon finance.


Biodiverse forests are healthier forests. Each property is managed to reintroduce and enhance the species that nature intended for that region. This bolsters the forests’ natural defenses against disasters such as fire or disease.

wood products
wood products

Selective harvests remain significantly below annual tree growth levels, but produce high value timber products and support local economies when they occur.

Industry change from carbon market momentum

Participation in carbon markets has enabled BSFC's carbon-first approach after decades of timber management by previous owners. BSFC is the first company to embody this business structure; a necessary evolution for the industry to contribute to its vital climate role. Ground-level credit opportunities are available through Anew, for conservation (the initial avoidance of industrial harvests), and removals (carbon sequestered in tree growth) resulting from BSFC management.

Protecting habitat across the eastern U.S.


Miles of streams


Species of trees protected


Species of birds

Featured property: Manistique

An important migratory stopover for the sand crane, with abundant milkweed to support pollinators, this forestland in Michigan’s upper peninsula can now provide a more stable, critical habitat for numerous species. Intensifying development and harvests have changed the region’s landscape in recent decades, and years of industrial timber management have taken place within the property’s boundaries. Under BSFC ownership, these forests across 29,000-acres will now be protected from aggressive harvest and instead maintained to maximize carbon sequestration through long-term tree growth. BSFC will ensure that the land will remain open for public recreational access and sustainably managed for the benefit of people and wildlife alike.

BSFC recognized by The Land Report

BSFC's new approach to forestland management and the acquisition of The Forestland Group recognized by the Land Report as their 2022 Deal of the Year.

Jamie Houston

As we walk our lands, we can feel the difference we are going to make for our forests and for our climate. These trees, once assessed for their value in 10, 20 years, are now being looked at for their value in 40, 60, 100 years. This is tangible change for our health and future for all. We’re honored and humbled at the opportunity before us, and we hope others will follow suit.

—Jamie Houston , CEO, BSFC

Improved Forest Management explained

A sharable guide to nature-based project development for landowners, what to expect, and the opportunity for climate impact.