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Firewood collection in Victoria’s River Red Gum parks

The Spring 2014 firewood collection season is now open.

The Spring 2014 season is open from 1 September to 30 November 2014.

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.

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.

Collection areas in River Red Gum parks and reserves in northern Victoria are subject to flooding and wet conditions.

Visit the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) website and select your region to see maps of firewood collection areas and check what’s open before you travel.

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 DEPI conduct regular patrols of designated firewood collection areas. Penalties apply to offences such as collecting firewood outside of designated collection areas and allocated time periods, and collecting more than the maximum allowable amount.

Typical on-the-spot fines are around $590. Offences that go to court may be liable to a maximum penalty of a $7,380 fine, one year imprisonment or both.

More information

Call the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or drop into your local Parks Victoria or DEPI office.


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