- Hardcover: 202 pages
- Publisher: Mercer Univ Pr; 2nd Revised ed. edition (April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865549001
- ISBN-13: 978-0865549005
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,584,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest Hardcover – April, 2004
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"I've known Chuck Leavell for many years and have long respected his musical talents. As a fellow tree farmer I'm even more impressed by his work in conservation and forestry. In "Forever Green he paints an honest portrait of America's forests, and makes a powerful case for the careful management of one of our most precious natural resources."
About the Author
Since his days w ith the Allman Brothers Band (1972-l976) and Sea Level (l976-l980) Chuck Leavell has become one of the most respected keyboardists in the world of rock 'n' roll. Touring and recording with the legenday Rolling Stones over the past two decades, along the way he has played and/or recorded with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Black Crowes, the Indigo Girls, and many other artists. At the same time, his work at Charlane Plantation, the award winning tree farm that he and his wife, Rose Lane, have created near Macon, Georgia, has earned Leavell a fast growing reputation as one of our country's foremost conservationists. Twice named Outstanding Tree Farmer for Georgia, and National Outstanding Tree Farmer in l999, he has also been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Georgia Conservancy, and many other conservation organizations. He currently serves as a spokesperson for the Georgia Forestry Association and the American Tree Farm System.
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This is a particularly valuable primer for those who are sympathetic to environmental concerns but lack the science based foundation to grasp the real issues. Man cannot off-load or die off as the green's would wish. Man is an integral component and worthy steward of our environment as Mr. Leavell so aptly reveals
His book could be strengthened by a short discourse regarding the importance of our forests, beyond man's needs. Though such needs are and will be increasingly important as oil wanes, the role of forests as integral components of life on this planet are hardly mentioned. Life on this planet hinges on the flora/fauna interchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Though commonly taken for granted this balance has to take primacy in all of man's decisions to ensure that our policies and behavior do it no harm. Particularly as man's usage of oxygen increases for uses other than breathing. Protection of our water as a biologic imperative falls second on the list. Beyond these we can quibble about fiber, chemical feedstocks, aesthetics and animal diversity, but clearly they should be lesser priorities below the broader biologic imperatives.
The second nit I wish to pick is Mr. Leavell's apparent need to better grasp the differences between Muir/Thoreau preservationism versus sustainable forest management. Today's eco-greenism is a retread of the former that has turned into a beast of power politics that is devouring the likes of tree farms and sound environmental practices. Forest certification by preservationist interlopers is not about their noble claims but rather just another attempted inroad in taking control of our natural resources discourse for the purpose of aggrandizing themselves as supposedly our planets newest and best saviors. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Overall, this book serves forest management well and goes a long way in dispelling the negative myth's so prevalent regarding natural resource recovery. I recommend it.