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The story of Jadav Molai Payeng is a very cool story.


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Jadav "Molai" Payeng (born 1963) is an environmental activist[1] and forestry worker from Jorhat, popularly known as the Forest Man of India.[2][3] Over the course of several decades, he has planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve. The forest, called Molai forest after him,[4] is located near Kokilamukh of Jorhat, Assam, India and encompasses an area of about 1,360 acres / 550 hectares.[5][6] In 2015, he was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India.[7] He was born in the indigenous Mising tribe[8] of Assam.


He has been planting for over forty years in the area now called Molai Forest. When he was 16 years old he came upon a huge number of dead and dying snakes that have been washed up on the exposed beach by floodwaters from the Himalayas during the spring melt. His passion from experiencing such a great loss of life caused him to vow to do something about it. The island he lives on has lost over 70% of landmass from the rivers floodwaters. There being 170,000 people affected annually. After 30 years a forest of 1360 acres now grows in the location. It is said the increase of wildlife has been dramatic the land has become a safe haven for rhinos deer Bengal tigers elephants variety of birds. -brown info source.
 
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