ARMENIA TREE PROJECT PLANTS FIVE MILLIONTH TREE WITH U.S. AMBASSADOR H.E. RICHARD MILLS 2016-06-16

ARMENIA TREE PROJECT PLANTS FIVE MILLIONTH TREE WITH U.S. AMBASSADOR H.E. RICHARD MILLS

Armenia Tree Project (ATP) reached a milestone, planting its five millionth tree this spring. Another 68,607 trees were planted at 125 sites throughout Armenia and Artsakh this spring, bringing the total number of trees planted to 5,021,249, since 1994. The symbolic five millionth tree was planted by Executive Director Jeanmarie Papelian, Country Director Lucineh Kassarjian, and U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr.. ATP had a busy spring season of community tree plantings, with 30,765 trees planted at more than 100 sites in every region of Armenia, including Martuni in Artsakh. Several thousand fruit trees were also distributed to families in Syunik’s Yeghvard Village and the border village of Nerkin Karmir Aghpyur in Tavush. In ATP’s forestry division, 50 temporary workers were hired to plant 37,842 trees in a forest in Koghes in the Lori region. This forest now holds more than 90,000 trees. ATP’s foresters experiment with different seed sowing methods, in order to grow the trees efficiently and increase survival rates. Half the trees planted this season were grown in ATP’s nurseries in Karin and Khachpar villages, with others coming from the Mirak Family Reforestation Nursery. ATP is now expanding its activities with a new nursery in Chiva, which will provide more trees to the southern regions. Situated in Vayots Dzor, this spot is considered to be the wine capital of Armenia. “ATP is well known for tree planting, but we want people to think of more than trees and forests when they think of us. ATP’s environmental education and stronger cooperation with other organizations help the broader public to take care of our planet and make it a greener and safer place. This is the ATP of the 21st century,” says Kassarjian. For more information, visit the website www.armeniatree.org ATP’s five millionth tree was planted on Earth Day by Executive Director Jeanmarie Papelian, Country Director Lucineh Kassarjian and U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, H.E.Richard Mills, Jr.