Reforest Sri Lanka joined with the University of Sabaragamuwa to forest areas with no forest cover along the Samanala tank catchment area on the lands belonging to the University. During the first wave on 16th October 2015, we were able to establish 250 plants which will be looked after by the University until they become resilient to the weather conditions.
We were delighted to have the presence of academics from three different universities at the event; The University of Sabaragamuwa, Moratuwa and Kelaniya. Na, Weera, Palu, Burutha, Milla, Mahogany, Teak, Sandalwood, Tamarind, Mee, Pihimbiya etc. were among the 25 types of trees that were planted.
Why to forest a catchment area???
Catchments play a vital role in a reservoirs water table as they are the major contributor, in additions to existing water sources such as streams, rivers or underground springs that can replenish depleting water from activities such as consumption for agriculture and house hold intake. As the water from rain fall is fed to the reservoir along the catchment area, having vegetation and forest cover which can hold the water long enough for it to be absorbed into the earth without it being evaporated by direct sunlight is an essential factor in having a successful catchment area and water table. Also these forests allow precipitation and humid conditions for clouds to form and provide rain. Large trees which are conducive to water retention also strengthen the humus and earth layers alleviating any dangers of land slides and also nourish the earth with further nutrients and food resources for animals and wild life to feed off.