Man in India Creates 1,360 Acre Forest by Himself

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 12th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3wvf4g8c/
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A Man in India, over thirty years, constructed a forest single-handedly.

A man develops a forest

When Jadav "Molai" Payeng was a sixteen year old student back in 1979, floods inundated the coastline near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region, and he began to bury seeds along a sandbar in order to create vegetation in a barren area. He hasn't stopped since. Dedicating his life to the singular task of bringing burgeoning life to what had been a wasteland, he has succeeded in creating a 1,360 acre forest.

Those floods washed a great number of snakes ashore, and when the waters had receded Payeng discovered that they had all died. "The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover," he relates. "I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested."

While it has now been thirty years since Payeng began his project, it wasn't long after he started that wildlife began to flourish within the confines of his manufactured forest. He has paid scrupulous attention to detail, even on one occasion transplanting ants there to bolster the harmony of the ecosystem. Today, it is called the Molai woods, and it is a refuge for birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants.

India's Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gunin Saikia, says "We're amazed at Payeng. "He has been at it for thirty years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero."

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Where there's a will ...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Indeed. thank you David.

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author avatar Retired
12th Apr 2012 (#)

So inspiring!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Indeed it is. Thank you rama devi. -:)

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
12th Apr 2012 (#)

He is a hero. I hope someday his country recognizes him as one.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Apr 2012 (#)

I think he is too. Thank you Melissa.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Apr 2012 (#)

how wonderful! there are so many great people, simple not known maybe, but doing the Creator's work on the planet for all of us...thank you Steve so much...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Apr 2012 (#)

You're welcome cnwriter, and thank you.

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author avatar Teila
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Very inspiring! And congratulations on your promotion. You certainly have experience!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Teila. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Apr 2012 (#)

What a wonderful and inspiring story...thanks for sharing it with us Steve:0)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia. Glad you liked it.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Wow - It is amazing what one man can do :) Love this tale :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Apr 2012 (#)

I love it too. Thank you, iFaithmorgan. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Ibolya Lőrincz
25th Apr 2012 (#)

It is an amazing "green" story. Do you mind if I copy it and take it to my English lessons as a reading exercise to students? I hope it will inspire them in a positive and active way. By the way my school is engaged with the Greenpeace movement and we are keen on providing the kids as much information about this topic both in Hungarian and in English. 10% of English school exam topics must be about environment according to the Hungarian educational law, which I think ia a good thing. So your story really would fit in our lessons.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Apr 2012 (#)

By all means. I would be honored, Ibolya. Thank you.

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author avatar Ibolya Lőrincz
26th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks a lot, Steve.
And you are just great to diagnose the sore points of the world.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Ibolya. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Jul 2012 (#)

Very interesting and a well written article

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you norlaw - I appreciate your comment.

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