Firewood collection season opens
OVENS AND Kiewa valleys’ residents can start stocking up their woodsheds in preparation for next winter with the opening of the spring 2017 firewood collection season.
The season officially opened on Friday and acting regional forest management and roading co-ordinator Dave Pasztaleniec is reminding people to only collect firewood from designated areas.
“Once the firewood collection season is underway it’s important that people only collect firewood from designated firewood collection areas and stay within the collection limits,” he said.
“This includes taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year.”
Mr Pasztaleniec said some designated collection areas may not open at the beginning of spring for various reasons and encouraged people to check via the Forest Fire Management website.
“DELWP and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing,” he said.
“Firewood collection is only permitted on public land during designated times of the year and from designated firewood collection areas. The felling of any trees for firewood is strictly prohibited.
“It is also illegal to sell fire- wood collected on public land without an appropriate permit of licence or to take more than the allowed amount.”
Under the Forest Act 1958, people who collect firewood outside designated firewood collection areas or a firewood collection season or take more than the maximum allowable amounts can face fines of $634 or, a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment or a fine of up to $7928 or both, if the matter proceeded to Court.
To find out firewood collection locations and opening dates visit www.ffm.vic.gov. au/firewood/firewood-collection-in-your-region.