Firewood collection in Victoria’s River Red Gum parks
The Autumn 2015 Firewood Collection Season is open from 1 March to 30 June 2015.
During the season firewood can be collected for personal use from designated firewood collection areas within state forests or from parks and reserves where collection is allowed.
Firewood collection is subject to available supply, fire danger ratings, flooding, wet weather and other conditions determining safe access to tracks and forest.
You do not need a permit to collect firewood from designated firewood collection areas on public land during a firewood collection season.
Seasons and collection areas apply to safeguard the environmental sustainability of our forests and parks and mitigate safety risks.
Where can I collect firewood?
Collection is only allowed in designated firewood collection areas, marked by official signs. Rules and collection limits apply.
Go to www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood and select your region to see maps of firewood collection areas and check what’s open.
Please note, this is the final season for domestic firewood collection within Barmah National Park. After 30 June 2015, domestic firewood can no longer be collected from Barmah National Park at any time.
How much firewood can I collect?
The maximum amount of firewood an individual can take is two cubic metres per day. The maximum volume of firewood per household is 16 cubic metres per financial year.
Firewood collected during the autumn season may be green. Green wood burns well if cut and stored correctly for 12 months.
What happens if I don’t abide by the collection conditions?
Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) conduct regular patrols of designated firewood collection areas. Penalties apply for offences such as collecting firewood outside of designated collection areas and allocated time periods, and collecting more than the maximum allowable amount.
Fines of up to $7380 can apply for offences, along with one year imprisonment or both.
Go to www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood or call the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or drop into a Parks Victoria or DELWP office.