"Love of the Land" on the Mother Nature Network - 2009-01-29
Interviewer: Chuck Leavell
Interviewee: "Love of the Land" Interviews
Writer and keyboardist Chuck Leavell introduces this video series on the Mother Nature Network entitled, Love of the Land.
"You know, when I am not out rocking and rolling with the Rolling Stones or some of the other musical artists that I have been so privileged to work with throughout my career, or maybe working on my own solo projects, youíre very likely to find me right here on our own family forest, Charlane Plantation, in central Georgia.
And here, I might be planting trees or managing their growth or ensuring a strong wildlife habitat, maybe just walking in the woods and enjoying nature.
The aim of this series is to bring stories about people throughout the country and all over the world that have a deep passion for the natural world that they live in.
And in this series, we are going to focus on communities, some large and some small, and all kinds of unique environmental stories. Weíll look at successes, but we will also explore some of the pressing environmental challenges we have in our world today. So Iím delighted to share these stories with you and I hope youíll enjoy Love of the Land."
Leavell has been the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones since 1972. He was previously a member of the Allman Brothers Band and he has played with Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Indigo Girls, Blues Traveler, Train, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Ann Womack and many, many more.
In addition to being a well-known musical artist, Leavell is an avid environmentalist and the author of Forever Green, The Tree Farmer, and Between a Rock and a Home Place. He has been a featured guest on CNN, The Today Show, the Fox News Channel and has been profiled by The New York Times, Fortune, People magazine, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.
Chuck and his wife Rose Lane were named National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year in 1999 for their management of Charlane Plantation in Macon, Ga. He is a board member of the U.S. Endowment for Forest Communities and he was the keynote speaker at The Presidential Seminar and Fortune Magazineís Green Summit. He serves on the Mother Nature Network's Board of Directors and is MNNís Director of Environmental Affairs.