In order to do large scale reforestation projects we need hundreds of thousands of plants. For that we need large nurseries, where seeds can grow in a controlled environment.
The aim of creating different nurseries is to ensure adaptability and biodiversity. We will have nurseries in different regions of Armenia and at different altitudes. The reason for that is to raise our opportunity to grow more tree and shrub species that will specifically address reforestation/afforestation requirements.
Our nursery activity will be based on ongoing research.
My Forest Armenia’s Debet nursery is located on the grounds of the COAF SMART Center and covers about 1.5 ha area. Altitude is 1000 m. Climate and soil conditions will allow us to grow 17 tree and 10 shrub species. With the tree and shrub seedlings grown here we are going to address forest restoration projects mostly in Lori, on areas located up to 1400 m. The forest nursery plot is not far from Vanadzor-Alaverdi main road. Currently, 7 people from Debet work in the Debet nursery.
Gugark nursery is located not far from the Vanadzor-Dilijan main road and covers about 3,5 ha. Altitude is 1700 m. Climate and soil conditions in Gugark, will allow us to grow about 10 tree and 5 shrub species with bareroot system. With the seedlings grown here, we will address mostly regions that are located at higher altitudes (1500-2200 m). Currently, 15 people work in the Gugark nursery.
The nursery in Haghartsin covers about 2,1 ha. From here, a fantastic view opens to Aghstef river gorge with high forested mountains. The altitude of the forest nursery plot is 1300 m. The soil and climatic conditions in Haghartsin allow us to grow and prepare about 15 tree and 10 shrub species. Tree and shrub seedlings grown here will address forest restoration projects in Tavush, Lori and surrounding regions with similar altitude and soil climatic conditions.