Spring fire­wood sea­son opens

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

THE spring fire­wood sea­son has of­fi­cially be­gun, with land opened to pub­lic col­lec­tion as of last Fri­day.

Act­ing re­gional for­est man­age­ment and road­ing co­or­di­na­tor, Dave Pasz­tal­e­niec, said it was im­por­tant peo­ple re­mem­bered spring col­lec­tion was not a free-for-all.

“It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple only col­lect fire­wood from des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas, and stay within 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.

“Some des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas may not open at the be­gin­ning of the spring 2017 fire­wood sea­son for var­i­ous rea­sons, in­clud­ing sup­ply or ac­ces­si­bil­ity due to wet con­di­tions.”

Fire­wood col­lec­tion is only per­mit­ted on pub­lic land dur­ing des­ig­nated times of the year and from des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas.

The felling of trees for fire­wood is strictly pro­hib­ited.

“It is also il­le­gal to sell fire­wood col­lected on pub­lic land with­out an ap­pro­pri­ate per­mit, or li­cence or to take more than the al­lowed amount,” Mr Pasz­tal­e­niec said.

More in­for­ma­tion and up­dates about fire­wood col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing the lo­ca­tion of fire­wood coupes, can be found on­line at www.ffm. vic.gov.au/fire­wood/fire­wood­col­lec­tion-in-your-area.

OPEN: The spring fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son has be­gun.

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