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Kenny Chesney Jumps in to Help Conserve the Coast

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Kenny Chesney may be trading in his signature cowboy hat for snorkeling gear!

The charity-minded country superstar has been named an honorary board member of the Building Conservation Trust, the national marine habitat program of the Coastal Conservation Association.

“We have come to a place where everyone needs to get involved if the oceans, the beaches, the sea life is important to us as human beings,” Chesney says.

“No one person can save the world — or the water. But in creating alliances, bringing people who care together and creating projects that can have an impact we start to slowly protect and build up this important natural resource,” he furthers.

Founded in 2010, the Building Conservation Trust supports projects that “revitalize critical habitat and establish a vibrant foundation for the marine ecosystem.” Since it began, the Trust has funneled millions of dollars to marine habitat projects in cooperation with various partners — Chesney included.

Last year, the ‘Pirate Flag’ singer teamed up with the Trust on a project to place two artificial reefs in the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, FL.

“Very few people have captured the essence of what draws us to the oceans as well as Kenny Chesney has over his incredible career,” says Patrick Murray, President of the Coastal Conservation Association. “The most passionate stewards of our marine environment are the ones drawn to the water for sport, relaxation and reflection. Through his music and life, Kenny has inspired an entire generation to engage in ocean conservation and stewardship, and we are very proud to have him on the board of the trust.”

Although Chesney grew up in land-locked Tennessee, he is no stranger to the sea-bound life. The singer — who owns a 60 foot yacht and a home in the U.S. Virgin Islands — was spotted ringing in 2014 with a surfing trip to Hawaii, and says he is happy to lend his voice and platform to a great cause like the Building Conservation Trust.

“When you can have a hand in stewarding the health of the ocean, you’re insuring the survival of something very necessary for all of us, whether you’re a beach person or someone that won’t go near the water,” Chesney explains. “The ecological balance is very delicate, especially in Florida, so I am honored to help them achieve this goal.”

The ‘Pirate Flag’ hitmaker makes it clear that he wants to use his success and fame for good. Throughout his 20-year career, the singer has partnered with many organizations focusing on a variety of topics, including the V Foundation working to cure cancer and Farm Aid, founded by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp to keep family farms from foreclosure.

To donate to the Building Conservation Trust, click here.

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