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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.

“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…