This Arbor Day take a few minutes to plant a tree or care for trees in your community. Here is a story of a young man years ago that took the time to plant a few seedlings. It is just amazing what one person can do just over a few short years, makes me wonder what can be done if we all took a few minutes just one day a year.
One man plants a forest larger than central park
In 1979, a 16 year-old Indian teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng planted twenty bamboo seedlings on a sandbar of the a Brahmaputra river in India. Molai was working as part of a reforestation project which lasted five years. Molai, however, chose to stay after the completion of the project and continued to plant and tend hundreds of trees over the course of the following decades. There is now a forest covering 1,360 acres were previously there was none. The forest has been named “Molai Forest” in honor of the man. It is the home to tiger, rhinoceros, apes, deer, and many birds. A herd of elephants also visits the forest every year and birth their calves there.
You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to appreciate trees or to celebrate Arbor Day this Friday. They shade us from the sun, feed us fruit and nuts, fill our lungs with oxygen, increase the value of our homes and so much more. We encourage you to take a few moments and visit the National Arbor Day Foundation website. Arbor Day is April 28, 2017.
Let’s get together and celebrate the importance of trees. ~ Arbor Day Foundation
How will you make a difference today?
Happy Arbor Day!
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