The Man Who Planted a Forest Bigger Than Central Park

The Molai Forest in Assam, India is unusual for several reasons. The 1,360 acre forest is on a sandbar, for starters. The sandbar is the world's largest river island, Majuli. And, oh yeah, it was planted entirely by one hyper-dedicated, beautiful maniac named Jadav Payeng.

Payeng planted and tended trees for over 30 years until they accumulated into the Molai Forest. Imagine if Ryan Gosling's character in The Notebook cared about the environment instead of Rachel McAdams and devoted years of his life to preventing the erosion of his home island instead of sweating over that stupid farmhouse. He's like the Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man In The World" except instead of being a dilettante lad rag fantasy advertisement, he's just a real guy who planted a banaynay amount of trees to protect his family and the environment.

Payeng planted so many trees that Bengal tigers saw them and were like "Ok, we'll live here now." Elephants, deer, vultures and rhinoceroses all fuck with his forest. And Payeng wasn't casually strewing seeds around like Johnny Appleseed. He made sure to plant a diverse roster of trees, and there are over a thousand species, including 300 hectares of bamboo.

Document filmmaker William Douglas McMaster crowdfunded on IndieGogo to complete his short film, Forest Man. You can see it in full on YouTube: