Forests are essential to the hydrological cycle:
- A high proportion of the world’s accessible fresh water is supplied by forested watersheds
- Forests help make water available, regulate surface and groundwater flows and maintain high water quality
- Forests and trees reduce water-related risks: flooding, landslides, and droughts
- They help prevent desertification and salinization
Armed with this knowledge, why would a community concerned about water scarcity and spring contamination NOT restore their forests?