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. The temperate rainforest is also home to an astonishing array of plant and wildlife species. Paper Tiger comes from Tasmania, one of its last strongholds. One fifth of Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state, has World Heritage status. That wilderness area, including rainforest, will never be touched. Some Tasmanians believe the Tasmanian tiger, a marsupial wolf, might still find refuge there. But outside Tasmania’s reserves, environmental campaigners and the timber industry are at loggerheads over the sustainable management of the Island’s native forest. It’s home not only to the tallest hardwood tree on earth, but also to extraordinary wildlife such as the Tasmanian Devil that’s extinct on the mainland. And in isolated patches of the unprotected damp rainforest are to be found species unique to Tasmania such as the burrowing crayfish and giant velvet worm.
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