Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav “Molai” Payeng, the “Forest Man“, has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date, he has single-handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.
The Molai Forest in Assam, India, which is named after Payeng is an unusual woodland of 1,360 acre/550 hectares.The forest is on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra.
Payeng planted and tended trees for over 30 years until they accumulated into the Molai Forest. He made sure to plant a diverse roster of trees, including 300 hectares of bamboo.
Molai forest now houses tigers, rhinoceros, deer, and rabbits besides apes and several varieties of birds, including a large number of vultures. There are several thousand trees, including valcol, arjun, ejar, goldmohur, koroi, moj and himolu.
Filmmaker William Douglas McMaster crowdfunded on IndieGogo to complete his short film, Forest Man.
You can see it in full on YouTube: