Paper Tiger (2002)

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Throughout the world there is growing concern at the speed with which the rainforest in the tropics is being cleared, but there is far less awareness that its counterpart in the cooler climes is even more endangered. Temperate rainforest is also home to a vast array of plant and animal species, and one of its last strongholds is Tasmania. One fifth of the state has World Heritage status. Some Tasmanians believe that the Tasmanian tiger, a marsupial wolf, might still find refuge there. However, outside Tasmania's reserves, environmental campaigners and the timber industry are at loggerheads over sustainable management of the island's native forest which is home not only to the tallest hardwood tree on earth but also to extraordinary wildlife such as the Tasmanian devil which is extinct on the mainland. In isolated patches of the unprotected damp rainforest species unique to Tasmania are found. They include the burrowing crayfish and giant velvet worm,

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