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Negi makes barren land come alive

In 40 years, 87-year-old Narain Singh Negi has sprouted eight forests in 27 hectares

Neena Sharma
Tribune News Service
Dehradun, November 13

Nestled between large barren mountains at San Kot village in Chamoli is a man-made community forest – a labour of love – created by 87-year-old Narain Singh Negi. Actually, there are eight different forests spread over 27 hectares with 9 lakh different plants. These have been created over 40 years by the indomitable Narain Singh.

The fact that this green warrior has achieved this feat proves that the legacy of Chipko leader Gaura Devi is alive and kicking in Uttarakhand through these personal initiatives.

The state has been losing forests and rivers to development and government role and money for green causes has so far been negligible. [more]