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Indian man single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest

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  1. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly.

    The Times of India recently caught up with Payeng in his remote forest lodge to learn more about how he came to leave such an indelible mark on the landscape.

    It all started way back in 1979, when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. One day, after the waters had receded, Payeng, only 16 then, found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. That was the turning point of his life.

    "The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. 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. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested," says Payeng, now 47.

    While it's taken years for Payeng's remarkable dedication to planting to receive some well-deserved recognition internationally, it didn't take long for wildlife in the region to benefit from the manufactured forest. Demonstrating a keen understanding of ecological balance, Payeng even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. Soon the shadeless sandbar was transformed into a self-functioning environment where a menagerie of creatures could dwell. The forest, called the Molai woods, now serves as a safe haven for numerous birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants — species increasingly at risk from habitat loss.

    http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wi...man-single-handedly-plants-a-1360-acre-forest
  2. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Any chance his name means "Johnny" in english?
  3. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I don't know why but that picture reminds me of a video I saw a while back.

    In some remote village there's a bridge/walkway/whatever that is made entirely from the inter-weavings of vines and sticks. IIRC, the inhabitants basically learn from a young age how to cultivate and weave the branches to continue the expansion of the bridge/walkway. Really awesome video. If I can find it, I'll go OT in this thread and post it.

    Alright, don't wanna hijack but I thought this was just awesome.

    [youtube]J0NTkprRPAo[/youtube]
  4. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Very cool..

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