Jadhav Mulai – The Forest Man of India
Mulai forest is one special forest in Assam as it was made alone by Jadhav Mulai Payeng in a span of 30 years. His work for environmental protection has earned him the title of ‘The Forest Man Of India’ and he has also been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2015.
Mulai Kathoni, or Mulai forest, is spread across 550 acres in Kokilamukh, a village in the Jorhat district of Assam. The mixed-species forest is now home to many animal species like the Bengal tiger, one-horned Rhino, and Asian Elephants. The forest planted has also helped to reduce soil erosion caused by rivers in Assam. This man-made forest is as sufficient as any other natural forest in conserving wildlife and preventing soil erosion.