An energy blockade in the early years of independence caused many Armenians to resort to cutting and burning wood in order to provide cooking and heating fuel. Consequently, these difficult years took a toll on Armenia's land and the environment. Official data shows that now only 11 percent of Armenia is covered by forests.
ATP’s Forestry department actively works to reforest the depleted lands in Armenia. The Forestry staff includes a monitor, a forest researcher, and a GIS specialist who work together with the local communities.
Following in-depth research of the area needing trees including the ecosystem and soil quality, the Forestry team meets with local residents and educates them on the process of maintaining forests, which helps to increase the survival rate of the forests in later years.
Currently, seeds are sown in ATP’s Mirak Family Reforestation Nursery in the village of Margahovit. Once these seeds are germinated after 2-3 years, they are harvested and brought to the forest plots in the Lori region.
ATP's Forestry department plants an average of 200,000 trees annually, which includes evergreen, fruit, conifer, and deciduous trees. Staff members provide support and monitoring of these forests after they are planted.
The Forestry program has an environmental impact and also a social one, as it employs local residents, many of whom are refugees from Azerbaijan.