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    Mining boom threatens Tasmania's forests

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    The ancient forests of the Tarkine in north western Tasmania were protected by the Australian government as a site of "national heritage".

    But that listing has lapsed, and the government seems in no hurry to re-impose it.

    At the same time, resources companies are applying to mine the mineral-rich area, something that conservationists say is threatening the environment.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Tasmania.