Autumn Firewood collection season01 March 2015
The Autumn Firewood Collection Season will start across Victoria on Sunday 1 March and close on 30 June.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Gippsland Regional Manager Fire and Land, Richard Teychenne said: "It's important that people collect firewood from designated 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."
"Designated collection areas are put in place to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance. Also, some households rely on firewood for winter energy so consider others when taking wood," Mr Teychenne said.
"People should check where designated collection areas are in their local area. They should also check local weather and forest conditions to make sure it's safe before collecting firewood.
"Wood collected during the autumn may be green and will burn best if cut and stored correctly for 12 months.
"The felling of any trees for firewood is strictly prohibited. DELWP and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing while collecting their firewood. Concealed cameras will be used in some areas.
Fines of up to $7380 can apply for offences, along with one year of imprisonment or both.
Alberton West State Forest will be closed to domestic firewood collection due to ongoing illegal activity that included illegal tree felling, driving off road and over collection.
Also, the firewood collection season will start later in some areas once harvesting of trees is complete. The two collection areas near Mildura are expected to open on 7 March and the four collection areas near Robinvale are expected to open in mid-March, with updates on the website below.