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This man spent 38 years planting a forest bigger than Central Park—and the result will make you emotional

This is Jadav Payeng.

Since 1979, he’s been planting trees on his home island of Majuli and neighboring Jorhat. His goal is to bring the beautiful plant- and animal-life back to his homeland.

And, so far, it’s really working.

In fact, over the last 38+ years, Jadav has planted a forest that’s bigger than… Central Park in New York City.

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“At first,” he says, “planting was really time consuming. But now it is much easier because I get the seeds from the trees themselves.”

The endeavor has been so successful, not only is the vegetation thriving, but…

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