The man who single-handedly created the woods

October 20, 2012 21:39

Handmade wood Dzhadava PayengaGreen area, covering an area of 550 hectares, is home to many rare and endangered species, including at least five tigers, one of which recently got offspring and horned rhinoceros, and that's not counting the huge number of birds, mammals, livestock and predators.

The history of events laid in 1979, the year when the flood water made on a sandbank in the middle of the Brahmaputra many snakes. A couple of days Dzhadan Payeng, then a 16-year-old, found her beach full of dead amphibians. This moment turned his whole life.

Dzhadan Payeng

"Snakes have died from the heat, not being able to hide in the shade of trees. I sat and wept for their lifeless bodies. It was a massacre. I informed the forest department and asked if they could plant trees there. I was told that there is nothing to grow, and instead suggested that I try to grow bamboo. It hurt, but I did it. There was no one to help me. It did not care, "- shares memories Payeng, who is now 47.

Handmade wood Dzhadava Payenga

Dropped out and stepping out of the house, the young man went to live on her hair. Unlike Robinson Crusoe, he voluntarily chose to live in isolation. And he did not have a Friday. Every morning and every evening he watered and pruned as needed wards plants. A couple of years into a sand bar bamboo thickets. "Then I decided to grow ordinary trees. I gathered them and planted. I also brought from the village of red ants, and has repeatedly been bitten. Red ants alter the properties of the soil. That was the opening "- laughs today Payeng.

Soon the former sand spit boiling life. It began to meet a wide variety of flora and fauna, including endangered species like one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger. "After 12 years, we have seen hawks. It began to assemble, and migratory birds. Deer and cattle began to lure predators, "- said the man, with his own hands created a new ecosystem.

Payeng looks serious contribution to the protection of the environment, as if passed basic training. However, the way it is, only the preparation of it, in contrast to many, was a purely practical one. "Nature has created a food chain, why can not we stick to it? Who will protect these animals, if we, as being the highest, begin to hunt them? "

Assam Forest Department learned about the forest Mola only 2008m, when a herd of hundreds of wild elephants wandered into it after the devastating rampant in neighboring villages. They have killed and forest hut "hermit." It was then that employee management and conservation specialist for the protection of forests Gunin Saiko (Gunin Saikia) first met Dzhadava Payenga.

"We were surprised to find on the sand spit so thick forest. Local residents whose homes were destroyed by a herd of elephant, would cut it down, but Payeng offered them his life in return. It belongs to the trees and animals as his own children. Seeing this, we decided to join "- says Sikes. — "We are impressed with this man. He has been doing this for 30 years. He lived in any other country, he would have made a hero. "

Despite suddenly emerged respect, help from the state in Payenga while not expected. And just last year the public the forestry department has undertaken the work of planting trees in the area of 200 hectares.

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