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CARBON dating has revealed jarrah trees up to 400 years old are being cut down in WA’s South-West, despite a ban on old-growth logging.

And most of the ancient timber falling victim to chainsaws is used not for fine furniture but for firewood and railway sleepers.

The radiocarbon dating was done on a jarrah log harvested from the Challar Forest near Walpole, 410km south of Perth.

The Barnett Government’s Forest Products Commission is harvesting in the 490-hectare forest, which partly sits in the Walpole Wilderness Reserve and the Deep River catchment.

Marjorie Apthorpe, a geologist and palaeontologist with 50 years experience who uses carbon dating to find the age of fossils, tested the jarrah when she toured the Challar Forest.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/jarrah-trees-up-to-400-years-old-cut-down-in-challar-forest/story-fnhocxo3-1226848998371

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