The spring firewood collection season on public land is under way.
Residents are reminded they can only collect firewood from designated firewood collection areas, and stay within collection limits.
‘‘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.’’ Regional Forest Management and Roading acting co-ordinator Dave Pasztaleniec said.
Some designated firewood collection areas may not yet be open for various reasons, including supply or accessibility due to wet conditions.
‘‘DELWP and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing,’’ Mr Pasztaleniec 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 firewood collected on public land without an appropriate permit or 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 proceeds to court.
Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136186.
●More information and updates about firewood collection, including the location of firewood coupes, is available at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/firewood-collection-in-your-region