About the project

An elk standing in a field with fall trees in the background
  • Cover image of DNR carbon program video Michigan's forests provide natural benefits including clean air and water, wildlife habitat, scenic places for recreation, renewable forest products and carbon storage. Carbon storage is achieved by through absorption of carbon dioxide by trees - a single mature tree can take in 48 pounds of carbon in a single year.

    The Bluesource/Michigan DNR Big Wild Forest Carbon Project is the first-of-its-kind in the nation that will leverage the carbon storage capacity of trees on state forest lands. This pilot project, taking place on over 100,000 acres of the celebrated Pigeon River Country State Forest - known as "The Big Wild," will develop a portfolio of carbon offset credits generated from sustainable forest management activities.

    Industries that produce carbon emissions may purchase these credits from Bluesource, a developer and retailer of these and other environmental instruments. This allows industries to invest in forests as carbon sinks and offset their emissions. Revenues from the project's carbon credit sales will support forest management activities including reforestation efforts.


Contact and carbon credit purchases

  • Interested in purchasing carbon credits to offset those produced by your business? Contact Ben Massie for more information. Contact Josh Strauss for general inquiries regarding the carbon project and BlueSource.

    Contact Scott Whitcomb or David Price for more DNR information on this project or on the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

About the Pigeon River Country State Forest

  • A hunter walks down a dirt road in the PRC with his dogThe 109,000-acre Pigeon River Country State Forest is a special place. The rolling forest land is the heart of Michigan’s elk range, and through it flows several premium cold-water trout streams, including the storied Sturgeon, Pigeon and Black rivers. Coined “The Big Wild” by conservationist P.S. Lovejoy for its scenic beauty and immortalized in the writing and letters of author Ernest Hemingway, this area has captivated outdoorspeople for generations. Hikers, anglers, wildlife watchers and hunters all appreciate this area for its wilderness-like feel where they can step out of busy lives and into nature. This working forest is managed with sustainable timber harvest practices and enhanced carbon sequestration in mind so it can continue to be used and enjoyed by present and future generations.