Armenia Tree Project Hosts Community-Wide Events in Los Angeles Area
PASADENA, CA--On February 7, Armenia Tree Project (ATP) hosted a reception at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum in Mission Hills as part of a three-day visit by ATP Director Jeff Masarjian and Forestry Director Zack Parisa. This first event was an update on ATP’s program accomplishments and plans for 2012. The intimate affair allowed long-time supporters and those not so familiar with ATP to learn about the organization and its important work in Armenia.
Presenters included Varouj Abkian, Assistant Director with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Robert Kurkjian, Principal Scientist, Tetratech and International Environmental Consultant, Zack Parisa and Jeff Masarjian. The topics discussed at the panel included “Environmental Issues Related to Waste Water and Waste Management,” “Water: Armenia’s Abundant Resource,” “Surface Mining: Pathways of Toxicity,” and “Building Resilient Forests and Communities: An Armenian Experience.”
“This was the first of what I hope will be many collaborative efforts on the part of Armenian organizations to inform the Diaspora of critical threats to Armenia’s environmental integrity. We are at a crucial tipping point in history, and the choices made today will have long-term consequences on the quality of air, land, water, and public health in Armenia for generations to come,” noted Masarjian.
ATP’s mission is to assist the Armenian people in using trees to improve their standard of living and protect the environment, guided by the need to promote self-sufficiency, aid those with the fewest resources first, and conserve the indigenous ecosystem. ATP’s three major programs are tree planting, environmental education, and sustainable development initiatives.
For more information about upcoming ATP events and how to get involved, please call Hermine Mahmouzian at (310) 990-4371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.