Country superstar Kenny Chesney continues in his role as honorary board member for the Building Conservation Trust, the national marine habitat program of the Coastal Conservation Association. Chesney has been involved with BCT and its work supporting projects and scientific efforts that revitalize and restore critically important marine habitat since 2014.
“Kenny Chesney is an ambassador for healthy oceans and he has helped make his legions of fans aware of the role we all have to protect and restore our fragile marine environments,” said Pat Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. “Through his involvement with BCT, he continues to inspire and engage people from all over the world to be ocean conservationists and stewards. We are grateful for all of the time and energy he brings to the challenges we face in and around our oceans.”
Since its inception in 2010, BCT has applied millions of dollars to marine habitat projects in cooperation with various partners in both the private and public sectors. From restoring Louisiana marsh to creating valuable reef fish habitat in the South Atlantic to oyster restoration in the Pacific Northwest, BCT is working for healthy oceans on all three US coasts. Chesney and the Trust first partnered for an “urban reef” project that placed two artificial reefs in the St John’s River in downtown Jacksonville to enhance recreational angling opportunities and heighten awareness of the importance of marine habitat.
“Our oceans reflect the state of our world, so they are precious to all of us,” says the songwriter from East Tennessee. “Whether you spend time on them, or around them, or just live anywhere, really. Because the global environment is interconnected, keeping the oceans healthy is critical for all of us.”
Chesney’s engagement with marine habitat restoration at home meshes with his ongoing commitment to recovery efforts in the Caribbean following the devastation caused by the hurricane season of 2018. Creating the Love for Love City Foundation, a non-profit that delivered food, water, medical supplies, children’s textbooks, and more, they helped the U.S. and British Virgin Islands rebuild in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria. With the Songs for the Saints Tour on tap for 2019, all of the proceeds from the Songs for the Saints album go directly to the Foundation’s hurricane recovery work.
“Hurricanes are powerful reminders of just how fragile our coastal ecosystems are, and Kenny is doing tremendous work for communities that not only depend on our oceans, but are sometimes at the mercy of them as well,” said Murray. “He has an extraordinary ability to bring people together and create momentum for projects that have a lasting impact on the present and future health of the coastal environment we all love.”
About The Building Conservation Trust
The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to habitat creation and restoration. Organized to fund and facilitate meaningful marine habitat creation and restoration projects, BCT has created a model for the successful collaboration of business, non-profit organizations, individuals and government agencies to revitalize critical habitat and establish a vibrant foundation for the marine ecosystem.
About Kenny Chesney
An American musical force, Kenny Chesney has been heralded as “The King of the Road” by The Wall Street Journal and called “The People’s Superstar” by The Los Angeles Times. With 40 #1 hits including “Get Along,” “American Kids,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” “I Go Back,” “Noise,” “Pirate Flag,” “Boys of Fall” and over 32 million albums sold, he has become the soundtrack for coming of age in the heartland this century. His commitment to his fans – known as No Shoes Nation – has seen Chesney be the only Country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the past 25 Years, while consistently playing NFL stadiums across the US over the last dozen years. That commitment to giving his fans songs that hold their lives on the radio and at the 8-time Entertainer of the Year’s record-shattering shows reflects the passion that fuels the songwriter/superstar.