Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rock Keyboard Player's Other Song: Conservation

Rock star keyboardist, Chuck Leavell, gathered no moss backing the Rolling Stones, and he then bit into the American chestnut tree.  Well, not exactly take a bite, but when he realized his piano was crafted from the iconic tree that once dominated over 200 million acres from Maine to Florida, and that the species barely existed any longer, the keyboard player performed a forestry conservation number.
Leavell, along with his wife, Rose Lane, recently planted a group of experimental American chestnut trees bred to resist the diseases and blights that previously wiped out the once-dense forests, on his Georgia property.  "All trees, no matter what the species, are renewable resources.  It's important that we do all that we can to recognize all of the things that the forest gives us.  And if we take care of the forest, the forest will take care of us," Leavel explained to the Macon, GA publication.

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