Environment and conservation

Environment and conservation

More than one third of the area of Clarence is natural bushland. This helps to make Clarence a special place to live. Along with 191 kilometres of coastline and the Meehan Range, a skyline reserve which runs right along the eastern shore of the Derwent River, the city of Clarence has a unique appearance. Almost everyone in Clarence lives in sight of a skyline or a foreshore reserve; from a sweeping vista to a glimpse from the front gate.Clarence City Council and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment work in partnership to manage reserve land, wildlife, research and cultural heritage within the City. Landcare and Coastcare groups have been established in many parts of the City and these meet regularly for on-site activities.

Topography

Clarence is dominated by the Meehan Range which runs the full length of the City. The range has a maximum height above sea level of only 544m, and features numerous ravines and escarpments.

The range falls abruptly to the river in the west where there is a narrow coastal plain. To the east, the range gives way to more extensive lowlands which accommodate a range of agricultural activities.

There are two river systems, and a number of small watercourses, which drain to either side of the Meehan Range. The coastline, some 191km long, boasts some of Southern Tasmania's most popular recreational beaches.

Vegetation

The predominant vegetation of the Meehan Range, is the dry sclerophyll woodland. The balance of the Clarence landscape is typically open grass/crop land devoted to viticulture and a range of other agricultural activities.

Plants for the water friendly garden is a pocket sized native plant field guide and can be used as a companion guide to Popular walks in Clarence.

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