The Northern Tasmania NRM Region is home to 134,000 people on 2.5 million hectares in the Break O?Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, West Tamar, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands and Flinders municipalities. The region contains a diverse range of geology, soils and landforms, from the islands of the Furneaux and Kent groups to the karst cave systems around Mole Creek and the rich red soils in Deloraine. The soils of the region provide the basis for much of the land-based primary production and urban settlement. At higher elevations, or on soils with lower fertility, production forestry is frequently the dominant land use. Farmers and foresters manage much of the region?s natural resources and these industries underpin the region?s economy. Native vegetation covers approximately 65% of the terrestrial area of the region.