Thursday, August 11, 2011

A field visit to tree planting sites in the Republic of Armenia...

As many readers of this blog know, Armenia Tree Project has been greening Armenia's future since 1994. The organization's sustainable development programs include tree planting and environmental education. I compiled a short series of my favorite photographs in this slideshow during a working visit to ATP sites in June and July. Click here to view:

Site locations include ATP’s nurseries in Karin and Khachpar villages, the Mirak Family Reforestation Nursery in Margahovit Village, and ATP's environmental education centers in Karin and Margahovit, both of which have been sponsored by the Ohanian Family. I also visited urban and rural green spaces created by ATP’s Community Tree Planting Program and several new forests established by ATP in partnership with local communities.

Of particular interest was a visit to the forests surrounding ATP's nursery in the northern Lori region, where we encountered several owl, flowers listed in the Red Book of Endangered Species, and breathtaking landscapes above the tree line. The trip concluded with a barbeque for our staff and their families hosted by ATP board member Anthony Barsamian and founder Carolyn Mugar.