As a teenager, Jadav “Molai” Payeng decided to help nature out a little bit and started planting trees in the same area, everyday. That was over 30-years-ago.
He planted the seeds next to a very dry and deserted sandbar closely to his birthplace in the Assam region, India. Jadav wanted to create a habitat for wildlife and oppose people who were cutting trees down.
Nearly everyday for 37-years, Payeng planted seeds and has successfully built a massive new ecosystem. It’s estimated that the forest now approaches a size of 1,360 acres. For comparison, Central Park only has a surface area of 778 acres.
Meet the Man Who Planted a Forest
This man began planting a forest in 1979—and now it's the size of Central Park. http://on.natgeo.com/1Woq730
Posted by National Geographic on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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