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The Man Who Planted a Forest

October 12, 2012

The Man Who Planted a Forest

http://www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=298

I think this story is incredibly inspiring and just goes to show what a huge difference one man can make. If it wasn’t for him, there would be no forest there today and none of the beautiful animals. He is a true inspiration as to how we should care for our earth. What a hero. Imagine then when many of us get together and plant a forest of peace how great the outcome will be.

More than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began planting seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in India’s Assam region.

It was 1979 and floods had washed a great number of snakes onto the sandbar. When Payeng — then only 16 — found them, they had all died. “The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms,” Payeng told the Times Of India. “It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me,” he told the newspaper.

Now that once-barren sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest, home to several thousands of varieties of trees and an astounding diversity of wildlife — including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers.The forest, aptly called the “Molai woods” after its creator’s nickname, was single-handedly planted and cultivated by one man — Payeng, who is now 47.

According to the Asian Age, Payeng has dedicated his life to the upkeep and growth of the forest. Accepting a life of isolation, he started living alone on the sandbar as a teenager — spending his days tending the burgeoning plants.

Today, Payeng still lives in the forest. He shares a small hut with his wife and three children and makes a living selling cow and buffalo milk. According to the Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gunin Saikia, it is perhaps the world’s biggest forest in the middle of a river and we were surprised to find such a dense forest on the sandbar, adding that officials in the region only learned of Payeng’s forest in 2008.

Finally, Payeng may get the help — and recognition — he deserves.

According to Gunin Saikia,  “[locals] wanted to cut down the forest, but Payeng dared them to kill him instead. He treats the trees and animals like his own children. Seeing this, we, too, decided to pitch in.” 

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  1. October 15, 2012 11:35 am

    I think this is a great example of what everyone can do. See a problem, create a solution and then put it in action, and believe in the results.

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