Bluesource Sustainable Forests Company is now Aurora Sustainable Lands. Read more.
Our approach to carbon-first land management
Aurora buys historically industrial forestlands to restore forest health and rebuild resilient ecosystems. Our carbon-first philosophy is reducing harvests by a minimum of 50 percent across our portfolio, resulting in thriving forests that support global goals, promote biodiversity, and contribute to clean air and water.
Conservation is key
According to the National Academy of Sciences, the conservation of existing forests is the most cost effective, nature-based way to reduce North American emissions.
The global challenge
The climate is on pace to warm by 2.7 degrees Celsius over the course of the 21st century, within the next 80 years. Experts believe this shift will stress water and food supplies for billions of people as sea levels rise. At the same time, natural forests, one of our best tools for carbon removal are under threat. The United States is projected to permanently lose 12 million acres of forestland over the same period.
Through our carbon-first management we are creating tangible benefits and results.
Long-term carbon sequestering capabilities
Rigorous science-based, peer-reviewed methodologies
Enhanced natural landscape resilience
Biodiversity is our “strongest natural defense against climate change” according to the UN. Over 700,000 acres of Aurora lands contain areas of recognized biodiversity value with intact habitats, natural communities, and populations of rare species. Carbon-first forests allow forests to mature, creating and maintaining habitats for a wide variety of species.
Forests with rich diversity of tree species and ages are more resilient against disease, pests, and wildfires. Carbon-first management, combined with the locations of our forests, ensure they are more protected from wildfire risk and will continue to capture carbon for generations.
Healthy forests provide many ways to engage with nature. Through our proactive conservation and management practices, we support families and adventurers of all kinds to forge deep, meaningful connections with the natural world.
Forests act as a natural filter for rivers and streams, purifying water as it flows through roots. Forested land provides the drinking water for nearly half of the population of the continental United States according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Healthy ecosystems are the backbone of essential economic systems like food, housing, recreation, and comfort. By addressing nature loss and climate change together, we enrich public health as well as quality of life. Aurora’s carbon projects help protect vital habitats, migration routes, and biodiversity; enriching opportunities for a healthier society.
Biodiversity on Aurora’s lands
Protecting tree growth
This image is rendered from the U.S. Forest Service's forest vegetation simulator; a publicly available tool. We use this tool to calculate and forecast projected tree growth over a project’s duration. This is a simulation of expected forest growth at our Atlantic Pinelands site over the next forty years.
Subsurface and renewable energy opportunities
Renewable energy sources
The U.S. is undergoing a generational restructuring of its electricity generation and distribution infrastructure. Aurora's portfolio offers many sites with access to transmission, wind, and solar resources. We welcome opportunities to partner with entities seeking sites to advance the decarbonization of America's electricity grid.
Subsurface geologic carbon storage
Aurora offers carbon capture and underground sequestration (CCUS) sites to entities seeking long-term carbon sequestration. Our properties provide vent-stack carbon dioxide emissions storage solutions with both geologic carbon dioxide traps and deep saline aquifers. Our proximity to point-source carbon dioxide emissions give our customers access to single or multiple sites for permanent and secure storage of CO2 that would have otherwise gone into the atmosphere.