Firewood season is closed for year
THE firewood collection season will close across Victoria after today.
Forest Fire Management Victoria’s (FFMVic) Adrian Parker said all designated firewood collection areas would be closed over the summer period.
It will be illegal for people to collect firewood on public land until the autumn firewood collection season opening on Friday, March 1, 2019.
‘‘Firewood collection may have already finished in some parts of the state where rainfall and flooding has affected track conditions and made it unsafe to collect or where supplies have been exhausted,” Mr Parker said.
“We want to remind the public that firewood can only be taken from designated collection areas in state forests or parks during these times and is for personal use only and cannot be sold.
“It is important to stay within collection limits, which are in place to prevent households stockpiling large volumes of firewood from public land and denying others a supply.
“Firewood is a shared public resource that provides a range of environmental values including land protection, waterway health and habitats for native wildlife, and needs to be managed in a sustainable way for the future
“Fire prevention is one of the key reasons collection season closes prior to December each year, while also allowing the shared public spaces to be used for a range of recreational purposes over summer.’’
Collection limits include taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per year.
There are on-the-spot fines of $634 for illegal firewood collection behaviour, and if an offence goes to court the person may be liable for fines up to $7928, one-year-imprisonment, or both.
“Forest Fire Management Victoria and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to make sure everyone does the right thing,’’ Mr Parker said.
‘‘Careful planning and collection rules are enforced to protect the environment and habitat for native animals.’’
To find your nearest firewood collection area visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood, and any information on the illegal removal of firewood from public land for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186. financial