Clinton Conservation Park

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Clinton Conservation Park
South Australia
Clinton Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Clinton Conservation Park
Clinton Conservation Park
Nearest town or cityClinton
Port Wakefield[2]
Coordinates34°08′08″S 138°06′26″E / 34.1355°S 138.1071°E / -34.1355; 138.1071Coordinates: 34°08′08″S 138°06′26″E / 34.1355°S 138.1071°E / -34.1355; 138.1071[1]
Established10 September 1970[3]
Area19.15 km2 (7.4 sq mi)[4]
Visitation'low' (in 2009)[5]
Managing authoritiesDepartment for Environment and Water
See alsoProtected areas of South Australia

Clinton Conservation Park, formerly the Clinton National Park, is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located on the coastline at the north end of Gulf St Vincent.[2][5]

The conservation park consists of two parts with the first extending from Clinton on Yorke Peninsula on the west side of Gulf St Vincent to Port Wakefield on the east side of the gulf and the second extending south of Port Wakefield to Sandy Point. The conservation park was originally proclaimed in 1970 as the Clinton National Park under the National Parks Act 1966, was re-proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. The area contained within the conservation park including the ‘head of gulf wetland and Wakefield River estuary’ is considered to be ‘important as a fish nursery and a significant site for migratory wading birds’.[2][5]

In 1980, the conservation park was described as follows:[6]

Clinton Conservation Park preserves one of the major mangrove and saltflat associations in the State. These associations are markedly depleted in South Australia. The park is an important bird and marine fauna habitat...

An area of tidal flats at the head of the Gulf of St Vincent containing mangroves (Avicennia marina), samphire (Arthrocnemum spp.) salt marsh and also including a low backing dune...

Essentially undisturbed, the complete coastal swamp complex, including backing dune, is protected.

The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category III protected area.[1] In 1980, it was listed on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (refer 'DETAIL' tab )". CAPAD 2016. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Search results for 'Clinton Conservation Park' with the following datasets selected – 'NPW and Conservation Properties', 'State Marine Park Network Zoning', 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Hundreds', 'Roads' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australian. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ Shard, A.J. (10 September 1970). "NATIONAL PARKS ACT, 1966: HUNDRED OF CLINTON — NATIONAL PARK DECLARED" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 1103. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Mainland Conservation Parks of Yorke Peninsula Management Plan 2009" (PDF). Department for Environment and Heritage. pp. 1, 3 & 32. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Clinton Conservation Park, Port Clinton Rd, Port Clinton (sic), SA, Australia - listing on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate (Place ID 6852)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 21 October 1980. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

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