Everyone wants the floor seats! This podcast show gives listeners that experience through intimate conversations and dialogues across a variety of topics lead by host, Gerry James Seavo, an outdoor adventure + environmental photojournalist, feature writer, rap aficionado, and founder of the Explore Kentucky Initiative + The Waterman Series.
#FloorSeats is back with a rock star of a guest, Dr. Mark Wourms, Executive Director of the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. The Bernheim, located in Clermont, KY(fun fact for for the bourbon lovers, it’s across the street Jim Beam’s main distillery), is the largest privately-held forest east of the Mississippi. It was founded in 1929 by Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, a German immigrant whose whiskey distillery business established the I.W. Harper brand of bourbon. As a gift to the state of Kentucky, his goal was to have a natural space, open to the public, regardless of race or creed. Fast forward to today and the forest hosts hundreds of thousands of people each year: some take in its beauty on the forest's 40+ miles of trails, others at major events like CONNECT & ColorFest. Bernheim’s pristine forest is also used by hundreds of scientists for research. Recently it has come under threat from two developments that will bisect the forest 1) a proposed interstate addition, which would connect I-65 and I-71 and 2) a natural gas pipeline. Sit back, listen, and learn from the best seat in the house! - #FloorSeats. Music picks: Mark: The Rolling Stones, " Wild Horses " | Gerry: Lion Babe, " Cosmic Wind ".
Fun fact today's episode cover photo is from the first time show host, Gerry visited the Bernheim with his friend's Cody and Blake Ferguson circa 2012.
To learn how to get involved with protecting the the Bernheim visit here.
Want to learn more about the show and Gerry's work visit here.
Growing as a African-American military brat all across the world raised by amazing parents that told him to never limit himself; Gerry was exposed to various cultures, activities, and lands. Until he became of age, he never understood stereotypes until people started calling him “white boy” for his love of Tony Hawk, electronic music, and the outdoors. Those critics got the last laugh as he used his passions and experience to create to help further the field of adventure tourism and community & cultural exploration across the southeast through his illustrious career. Gerry has gone one to found the Explore Kentucky Initiative and Kentucky Waterman Series, served a steering committee member of the Kentucky Rural Urban Exchange, and has been a diverse spectrum of projects from outdoor recreational, branding initiatives, photojournalism, conservation projects, and more. To help flesh out his story, Gerry is joined by his dear friend, Ashley Smith of Black Soil in the studio. Tune in! #FloorSeats