Public urged to think safe when collecting firewood
Thursday 6 September, 2012
DSE and Parks Victoria officers will continue surveillance and patrols of forests, parks and reserves to ensure public safety and that people are doing the right thing this firewood collection season.
People are reminded to exercise caution when collecting domestic firewood in Mildura.
Parks Victoria Ranger Rob McGlashan said while most do the right thing, rangers were worried about public safety over the weekend with some firewood collectors using chainsaws before daylight.
“The firewood provided is cut down by Parks Victoria ready for collection, using skilled foresters who have been trained in felling the right trees safely.”
“We urge people only operate their chainsaws from 30 minutes after daylight through until 30 minutes before sunset,” Mr McGlashan said. “Rules are in place in the interests of public safety, as well as to help ensure the sustainability of a limited firewood supply.”
Parks Victoria reminds the public that firewood may only be collected from designated firewood collection areas, and limits apply to how much can be collected.
An individual can collect two cubic metres of fallen wood per person per day for personal use and there is a maximum household collection limit of 16 cubic metres per financial year.
Standing trees and shrubs, living or dead, must not be felled, broken or harmed in any way.
Heavy penalties apply for collecting firewood outside designated collection areas and allocated time periods, collecting more than the maximum allowable amounts, and selling the wood. Typical spot fines are around $560 and offences that go to court may be liable to a fine of more than $7,000.
Firewood collection is permitted for domestic use only. If you suspect the illegal sale of firewood or illegal activity, report this to DSE on 136 186.
Maps showing the location of designated firewood collection areas for the 2012 spring firewood collection season are available at: www.dse.vic.gov.au.,
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