The 83-year-old Tulasi Gowda is regarded as the encyclopedia of the forest due to her experiences and immense knowledge regarding the forests.
She belongs to the Hakkali tribal family in the Honnalli village in Ankola taluk of Karnataka.
She was married off at the age of 11 but her husband passed away.
She sought solace in planting and tending to trees, and she was a consistent volunteer in the Karnataka state’s afforestation program.
She helped to prevent forest fires and poaching. She has also advocated against practices of the government and plantation owners. She won the Padma Shri award.
Today, she spends her life planting trees and teaching children about the importance of the same.