ARCHIVE: From the Director's Desk
This year, Armenia Tree Project is embarking upon a new era of initiatives to strengthen our mission to reforest Armenia. With the generosity of our donors, including many new people who supported the Trees of Hope campaign, we hope to plant 90,000 trees—the most ever in one year—honoring the 90th anniversary of the Genocide. It is the first phase of our long-term goal to plant millions of trees, supported by exciting new programs in environmental education/advocacy, and community development.
We successfully concluded the pilot phase of our village-based backyard nursery program, and have expanded it to include 200 families this year. By providing a market for the purchase of up to 200,000 seedlings over the next two years, ATP is not only providing a desperately needed source of income for rural residents, but also securing their investment in restoring and protecting the surrounding forests. Growing and planting trees is always supported by broader community development activities and youth-based education initiatives.
In addition to such multi-pronged, comprehensive approaches to reforestation, we are also engaged in forest tree production through a more traditional large-scale nursery in Vanadzor. At our current nursery site, we have more than 300,000 trees growing.
Our effort to seek support from non-Armenian sources is growing, which provides even more evidence that our work is vital. A new community fruit orchard was planted in Dprabak this spring with the help of a grant from the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. This is of particular interest because it is the first time we have successfully appealed to a non-Armenian organization that has invested so significantly in our work.
We will continue our efforts to seek support from partners with broad-based environmental interests, both in Armenia and abroad, in order to diversify and strengthen our funding base. At the same time, support from individual donors from all over the world remains the backbone of our program, and it is through your participation that we can continue working to revitalize Armenia.
On behalf of all the people
whose lives are directly impacted by our work,
I’d like to extend sincere thanks to all
of our donors, and invite you to personally
observe the results of your investment in Armenia’s