October 2015

Windsurfer's Documentary

We like to think we are doing good. But face it, driving to Lake Lanier in our vintage Hummer while snacking on chicken raised on Monsanto corn and tons of drugs while gripping our steering wheel wrapped in luxurious baby seal fur probably isn't doing the good we had hoped.

Many of you have met and know the work that Barrett Walker does regarding climate change. Another local windsurfer, Rhett Turner, has devoted an amazing amount of time to environmental awareness. He's just finished his third documentary, Secrets of the Long Leaf Pine, which will be broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

Rhett and his partner, Greg Pope, spent two years on this project which focuses on the long leaf pine forests of the coastal Southeast. Once, a dominant ecosystem, it is just 3% of its original size. It's an incredibly diverse ecosystem, the most diverse in the northern hemisphere and only rivalled by the Amazon.

Secrets of the Long Leaf Pine

We were lucky enough to see an advanced screening. It's an incredible piece of work. It gave us a great appreciation for these forests and those working to protect these habitats. And, as Rhett jokes, "it has snakes!" It really does, the Eastern indigo snake, the largest indigenous American snake. It's a treat to watch and it will make up just a little bit for all those Keeping up with the Kardashians episodes you watched (we know you did, don't deny it).

It's also being aired in our surrounding states:

Alabama Public Television (APT) Wednesday, October 21, 2015 8pm CST
South Carolina Educational TV (SCETV) Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7pm EST
WFSU Tallahassee, Florida Monday. November 16, 2015 at 10pm EST
WFSU Tallahassee, Florida Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2pm EST

For more info: http://longleafpine.org/