But to get to that stage, I'm still a consumer like everyone else I know. A few years later, he moved into the area and turned the seed-planting and tree-nurturing into his life's work, planting seeds and helping them grow over a wide area that was initially left for desolate. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. 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. Molai forest is also home to monkeys and several varieties of birds, including a large number of vultures.
It all started way back in 1979, when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. The government is now re-focusing its efforts on the area and planning to extend the forest out another 500 hectares 1,235 acres. He treats the trees and animals like his own children. The project, which entailed planting over 200 hectares 494 acres took five years, after which, all the laborers were sent home. In 2013, poachers tried to kill the rhinos staying in the forest but failed in their attempt due to Molai who alerted department officials.
He was not dissuaded; instead he dedicated himself to the task of nurturing the forest, and his dedication has produced results. You can give trees as gifts through the Arbor Foundation or buy a tree for new parents to plant. Originally posted by Jackasszilla Flagged. However one Indian man has made a stand - by single-handedly planting and cultivating a 1,360 acre forest that is home to a complex, thriving ecosystem. In 1979, Payeng, then 16, encountered a large number of reptiles that had died after floods washed them onto the tree-less sandbar. Despite the conspicuousness of Payeng's project, forestry officials in the region first learned of this new forest in 2008 — and since then they've come to recognize his efforts as truly remarkable, but perhaps not enough.
Sounds very familiar to many of us I'll bet. Finally, Payeng may get the help -- and recognition -- he deserves. A herd of around 100 elephants regularly visits the forest every year and generally stay for around six months. The forest, which came to be known as Molai forest, now houses , , and over 100 deer and rabbits. This is also the sort of person, we as a group, should support and encourage. Today, Payeng still lives in the forest.
In 2015, he was honoured with , the fourth highest civilian award in India. Migratory birds, too, have started flocking here. Especially ones that produce food or medicine for people. Mack The Knife wrote:Vikram, thanks a lot for posting this. It was 1979 and floods had washed a great number of snakes onto the sandbar. The forest, which came to be known as Molai forest, now houses Bengal tigers, Indian rhinoceros, over 100 deer and rabbits besides apes and several varieties of birds, including a large number of vultures.
Ahh man, now I feel like planting a tree. All Hope is with those Sick unto Death of the Status Quo-. A few years back, poachers tried to kill the rhinos staying in the forest but failed in their attempt due to Molai who alerted department officials. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero. Demonstrating a keen understanding of ecological balance, Payeng even transplanted 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.
He shares a small hut with his wife and three children and makes a living selling cow and buffalo milk, OddityCentral. He not only nurtured the trees that had already been planted, but also, continued to add more. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. Because nothing less now than a raging fire of Hearts against insane destructive greed will give any part of creation a decent future now. It's gone for less, and he's a true example for young folks to follow. Now his aim is to spread his forest to another sand bar inside of Brahmaputra. He received honorary doctorate degree from and for his contributions.
Unfortunately, locals reportedly killed a rhino which was seen in his forest, something that Payeng clearly disapproves of. One day, after the waters had receded, Payeng, only 16 then, found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. In the month of October 2013, he was honoured at the during their annual event Coalescence. . They said nothing would grow there. Then, in 1979, flood waters washed a large number of snakes ashore on the local sandbar in Jorhat, some 350 km from Guwahati. Instead of getting cut Christmas trees, get a live one that you can plant in the spring.
Accepting a life of isolation, he started living alone on the sandbar as a teenager -- spending his days tending the burgeoning plants. Soon the shadeless sandbar was transformed into a self- functioning environment where a menagerie of creatures could dwell. He literally made himself a forest and tended it to become a seasoned and established new environment. How quickly could + - 6 billion replant all our forests? Over the years, the reserve has seen a huge variety of flora and fauna blossom on the sandbar, including endangered animals like the one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal tiger. Over the course of several decades, he planted and tended trees on a of the river turning it into a forest reserve.
When Payeng -- then only 16 -- found them, they had all died. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Demonstrating a keen understanding of ecological balance, Payeng even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. It was awarded the Best Documentary prize at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase in the American Pavilion at the. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo.