Jadav “Molai” Payeng is a man, who was determined to help nature and he started planting trees over thirty years ago. The place he chose, was a deserted sandbar closely to his birthplace in the Assam region, India. Payeng wanted to create a good place for wildlife and oppose the people who cut down the trees.

Jadav decided that he would dedicate his life to planting the trees to build his own forest. Every day for over 37 years this man planted seeds developed a whole new ecosystem.

The forest approaches a size of 1,360 acres when the Central Park only has a surface area of 778 acres.

This idea came to him when he found some dead snakes in the sandy area after a flood.

Molai has genuinely built an ecological paradise for wildlife, and it’s a fantastic example of how beautiful nature can be. Jadav’s created forest is the home to over 115 elephants, some rhinos, deer and even the tigers.

“I will continue to plant until my last breath,” Jadav says.

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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