Guy single-handedly plants 1,360-acre forest4/3/2012
When Jadav Payeng was a teenager he started planting seeds along a remote sandbar near his home in India's Assam region. Over the next 30 years, Payeng became obsessed with his project, moving to a remote lodge on the sandbar and spawning an entire ecosystem that now houses endangered species, such as rhinos, tigers and elephants. "We're amazed at Payeng," says one local forestry official. "He has been at it for 30 years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero." Um, it's not too late, guys.
Should he be honored for his work?