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Two Billion Trees and Counting: The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz Paperback – Aug 15 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Natural Heritage (July 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459701119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459701113
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edmund Zavitz has rescued Ontario from the ravages of environmental disasters and more than two billion trees have been planted under his guidance, with more to come. (The Globe and Mail 2011-10-29)

Lest we think modern generations are the first to care about sustainability of natural resources, St. Catharines conservationist John Bacher sets the record straight. (The Guelph Mercury 2011-10-29)

It's hard to believe as one drives through the lush Ontario landscape that it was not always this way. That's why the photos in John Bacher's Two Billion Trees and Counting: The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz (Dundurn, 2011) come as such a shock to the reader. (Ancient Trees Forum (UK) 2011-12-01)

Informative on several levels, the book serves as both the warning and the voice of hope. (County Roads Magazine 2012-01-01)

…a fascinating presentation. (Flesherton Advance 2012-08-08)

In Two Billion Trees and Counting – The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz, John Bacher has given us a meticulously researched and very readable account of a courageous civil servant whose vision and strength of purpose would allow him and his supporters to turn the tide, tripling the forest cover in southern Ontario and starting the conservation authorities and county forest systems we know today.


Bacher provides a detailed look at a man whose lifelong efforts helped change the landscape of modern Ontario. Two Billion Trees and Counting is a reverential story of someone who was a family man, sportsman, photographer, and, above all, a naturalist.

(Canada’s History)

…a well-researched accounting of Zavitz’s work in a chronology that is easy to follow. I strongly suggest that his story should be written into the grade school history books in this province.

(Toronto Star)

John Bacher, an environmentalist and historian living in St. Catharines, Ont., has rescued Edmund Zavitz from undeserved obscurity. (Globe and Mail)

About the Author

John Bacher received his Ph.D. in history from McMaster University in 1985 and has taught at McMaster and the University of Toronto. A co-author of Get a Life: An Environmentalist's Guide to Better Living, Bacher is a passionate supporter of environmental preservation. He lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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A very interesting reflection of the development of the Carolinian Forest in SouthWest Ontario. Many unknown facts about the deforestation of the area and the development of a new forest.
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The spread of civilization around the world has too often and too closely been followed by the spread of deserts. Few remember when a century ago, vast areas in Ontario were headed along the same road until Zavitz saved us from the brink. The author has written an important book... history should not repeat. M. Martin
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