New TV series America's Forests to air on OPB
PORTLAND, Ore. – Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell is combining two of his life interests – music and trees – into a new national television documentary that will premiere on Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Leavell, who besides being a successful musician is also a Georgia tree farmer, forestry advocate and conservationist, is exploring forests across the country for a new 13-week series called America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell. And his first stop to learn about the importance of forests and forest stewardship was in Oregon.
On April 1 at 7 p.m., OPB will air the series’ pilot episode. It focuses on a trend toward building tall wood buildings in Portland with innovative mass timber products; mountain biking and wildfire prevention in Bend; and habitat restoration in the Siuslaw National Forest on the Oregon Coast. Leavell hosts and narrates the program as well as providing the musical accompaniment.
The America’s Forests series captures the breadth of the nation’s woodlands – public and private. It will feature stories from different regions that demonstrate how important forest habitats are to the well-being and economic health of communities across the country. The series will present individuals who embody a passion for forests and forest products, ranging from architects to artists and from climbers to carpenters.
Funding to support the pilot program comes from the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, in partnership with the national nonprofit organization Choose Outdoors.
About Chuck Leavell:
Chuck Leavell’s musical career includes work with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer and others. He is also a conservationist, environmentalist, author and tree farmer. Leavell and his wife, Rose Lane, own and manage an award-winning tree farm near Macon, Ga.
About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute was created by the Oregon Legislature to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products and to encourage sound forestry through landowner education. A 13-member board of directors governs OFRI. It is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.
About the U.S. Forest Service:
The Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
About Choose Outdoors:
Choose Outdoors is a national nonprofit created to help unite the many diverse interests using public lands with an emphasis on promoting and preserving access, use and the future of outdoor recreation on public lands. It provides support for public lands by promoting outdoor recreation and active lifestyles.