The Man Who Planted A Forest

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August 16, 2012

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The Man Who Planted A Forest

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

– Robert Louis Stevenson –

The Man Who Planted A Forest

The year was 1979 in Assam, India. Floods had washed a great number of snakes onto a barren sandbar. When Jadav “Molai” Payeng — then only 16 — found them, they had all died. “The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms.” Then he dried his tears and asked forest officials if they could plant trees in that area. When they told him nothing would grow there Payeng quietly began to plant seeds anyway. Thirty years later the 1,360 acre forest he created on the land where “nothing would grow” is home to birds, deer, apes, elephants and even tigers. { read more }

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