Junipers, cedars and abies were among the 550 saplings planted by SEPT.
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550 barely noticeable tree saplings fill the plot where a mixed bag of volunteers – Lebanese families, teens, foreign expatriates and a group of physically disabled participants – spent Sunday morning planting junipers, cedars and abies.Some experts believe the juniper, a native conifer to Lebanon, can offset as much as 50 tons of carbon dioxide per year, per tree – though Haddad put the figure at a more modest 5 tons per year.Sunday's effort was unusual because the trees will begin to grow during the driest months of the Lebanese summer. SEPT and a team of locals will water and care for the saplings and, after a year, Haddad will return with volunteers to replace the trees that died in their first 12 months.
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