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the Alerce (Fitroya cupressoides) is one of the oldest trees in the world,
and can have a life span of up to 4000 years. Alerces can grow up to 60 metres
tall and exist only in the temperate rain forest of Chile. They were declared
collectively as a National Monument in 1976 and in 1982 the National Park of the
Andean Alerce / Parque Nacional Alerce Andino was created to protect the
species from loggers.