Jeff Foxworthy may be famous for his "You might be a redneck..." jokes (ie; You might be a redneck if you ever cut your grass and find a car), but the comedian is hoping his latest conservation effort gives him a legacy even stronger than laughter.
The 53-year-old recently granted a conservation easement on more than 1,000 acres to the Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust; roughly 100 miles south of Atlanta.
"As someone who grew up in Atlanta and watched it explode, I thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if this could be here forever and nobody could develop it?'" Foxworthy said in a phone interview with Radio and TV Talk blogger Rodney Ho. "It's my escape. It's my farm. I can drive through the gate and not have to be Jeff Foxworthy. Just Jeff."
The newly protected acreage is part of a 3,000-acre plot that Foxworthy purchased back in 2003 as an investment. He's since fallen in love with the area, however, and was moved to protect it for future generations. He also had some help from MNN.com founder Chuck Leavell, who guided Foxworthy through the conservation easement process.
"Jeff Foxworthy is not only a great talent, he is a great outdoorsman and environmentalist," Leavell wrote in an email to Ho. "He has really stepped up to the plate with this conservation easement, and it shows he is serious about being a good steward of his land. He stands as a model for others, and I admire his willingness to make this bold move. Jeff, you ROCK!"
Of course, Foxworthy isn't just sitting back and watching the grass grow. He's also turned his farm into a game and land management business. His Foxworthy Outdoors site is a portal for deer hunter enthusiasts and those interested in providing better habitat for preserving what he considers a "marvelous creature."
"Foxworthy Outdoors was formed not only as an outlet for me to showcase my love for fresh air and big whitetails but also as a standard in which we can carry over that unique passion into our everyday lives," he writes. "We want our brand to resonate both in the woods and at your backyard barbeque with your redneck Uncle Ned. Our desire is to provide an online hub where you can ask questions, learn more about how we manage our property, and watch videos that both entertain and serve to make you a better land manager. Simply put, we want you to enjoy the outdoors with us."
It's unclear what Foxworthy plans to do with the remaining 2,000 acres he owns, but don't be surprised if it eventually follows a similar fate. "I'm in a position to do it so why not?" he told Ho. "It's a beautiful place. I wanted a place for my grandkids to see that is unspoiled."