Spring firewood collection period gets underway
LOOK OUT: FFMVic and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling to ensure firewood collectors are doing the right thing.
THE spring firewood collection period began on Saturday and up until November 30 it will once again be legal to collect firewood from designated areas on public land.
People may collect up to two cubic metres of firewood per person per day, and up to 16 cubic metres per household per year.
To manage future firewood supply, there will be no firewood collection areas in River Red Gum parks with future collection from those areas subject to access and supply.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Hume assistant chief fire officer, Jarrod Hayse said some designated firewood collection areas may not be open right away for various reasons, including supply or accessibility due to wet conditions.
He also said firewood collection areas that have pro- posed burns within them may be closed early and at short notice to allow burning operations to be undertaken safely.
FFMVic and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to make sure people are doing the right thing while collecting their firewood.
“The felling of any trees for firewood is strictly prohibited and it’s also illegal to sell fire- wood collected on public land without an appropriate permit or licence,” Mr Hayse said.
People caught doing the wrong thing could face fines of up to $7928, or a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment or both, if the matter is preceded to court.
Any information about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186, quoting Operation Sawdust. LEVI James Pape was born on Friday, August 24 at 8.16am and weighed 7lb 1oz. He is the son of Jenna and James Pape of Myrtleford.