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Illegal wood collecting results in fine

Friday 7 July, 2017

Illegal wood collecting results in fine

A Denison man has been fined after illegally removing wood from Crown land. Parks Victoria intercepted the man in the act of felling a tree and removing wood from the Glenmaggie Nature Conservation Reserve, near Heyfield.

The man was issued with three fines totalling $855 for removing wood from an area not designated for the collection or removal of wood, and for driving off road.

Firewood can only be collected from designated collection areas during mandated collection seasons.

The Autumn collection season closed on 30 June. Firewood collection on public land is now prohibited until Spring season, which opens on 1 September.

DELWP and Parks Victoria staff regularly undertake patrols to ensure compliance with forest and park regulations, including firewood collection.

For more information call 13 1963 or visit http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/ or https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Regional Enforcement Coordinator, Martin Downs:

“It is illegal to collect wood on public land from outside designated collection areas at any time.”

“We encourage anyone to report incidents of illegal timber felling or collection to DELWP or Parks Victoria. All information provided will be treated confidentially.”



Media enquiries

Melanie McVey-Di Lazzaro
0459818451

Parks Victoria media centre

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