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One of these Alaska tree saplings is not like the others. Each one of its needle-covered branches resembles a feather, each feather comprised of green scales. Young yellow cedars like this one droop more than the common conifers, Sitka spruce and western hemlock. And on this Juneau trail, it's the only yellow cedar in sight.
Philippine officials said Saturday they had set a new world record for the most trees planted in an hour, with 3.2 million seedlings sown as part of a national forestation programme.
Official certification from Guinness World Records will still take weeks but government officers expressed confidence they had broken the old record of 1.9 million trees planted in India on August 15, 2011.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) and the Global Trees Campaign are working together to step up conservation for some of the world's most threatened tree species. BGCI is leading an ex situ survey of globally threatened tree species which will prioritise species for incorporation into MSBP collections.