John Bacher - Two Billion Trees and Counting

September 24, 2018 Meeting

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions! The meeting starts at 7:30pm.

John Bacher’s book, Two Billion Trees And Counting, details the legacy of Edmund Zavitz (1875–1968) who, in the early 1900s, rescued Ontario from the ravages of powerful floods, erosion, and deadly fires. Wastelands were taking over once-flourishing farmlands due to extensive deforestation. One man made a difference.

Re-Foresting Ontario, One Tree at a Time

Some things are just not what they seem to be. See that forest in the Oak Ridges Moraine? Looks ancient doesn’t it? Guess what? NOT! Ever walked the Bruce Trail up on the escarpment above, say, Hamilton and environs? Ancient rock formation, ancient forest, right? WRONG!

See that photo of Dr. Bacher, PhD, academic, hair all short and neat, suit and tie…. mild mannered braniac prof, right? NOT QUITE!

When trying to track down contact information for our next speaker I was rather confused about who the real John Bacher was. In some photos he was as described above, neat, respectable, the kind of prof who welcomes his students to office hours because it shows they’re interested! But in others, there was this man with long trails of salt and pepper hair draping over his shoulders, large mutton sideburns, sometimes a baseball cap, but always, loose fitting clothing. When I finally found an “in-between photo” I decided they were one and the same. Blame his Mohawk Turtle Clan friend Danny Beaton who’s encouraged the shaggy look.

Dr. John Bacher is a tireless campaigner for the Thundering Water Forests who works for the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society, and is also President of the Sierra Club of Ontario and a respected environmentalist and expert on Ontario’s natural history.  He is a much sought after speaker and contributor in the many important environmental battles in Ontario.

He will be speaking to the Hort on Monday, September 24th about his acclaimed book Two Billion Trees and Counting; The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz, and the history behind the trees many are now desperately trying to save.

- Maria Nunes

Here is a link to the publisher’s website about the book Two Billion Trees and Counting.

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