What used to be a landscape devastated by erosion is now 1,360 acres of forest and it’s all thanks to one Indian man named Jadav Payeng. Jadav planted a tree every single day for 40 years and now this man-made forest is bigger than Central Park. Now this incredible forest is home to hundreds of elephants, rhinos, boars, reptiles, and birds.
This botanical-enthusiast says he is planning to plant trees until his “last breath”. “Nature is God. It gives me inspiration. It gives me power … As long as it survives, I survive.” If you want to learn more about this hero’
They called him “The Forest Man of India”.
Payeng still has a day job, however. He and his wife make a living selling cows’ milk to local villages.
His goal is to fill up Majuli Island and get his forest to 5,000 acres, as well as provide a sanctuary for the island’s animals.