Know where your firewood comes from

The Conservation Regulator and Parks Victoria are urging people purchasing firewood this winter to think before they buy by asking some key questions, to help stop illegal firewood operators.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 at 11:36 pm

Each year Victorians are caught out unintentionally buying illegally sourced firewood which can lead to the loss of important wildlife habitat such as hollow logs and dead trees.

Firewood is often sold on social media websites, at roadside stalls and by word of mouth, and it can be difficult for customers to know where firewood for sale comes from, so before buying check the following information:

  • Where does your wood come from? Your firewood seller should be able to provide the details of where the wood they are supplying is sourced from. This includes a wholesale supplier, commercial wood lot or private land with the permission of the landowner and in accordance with the Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation.
  • Can I get a receipt? Your firewood seller should provide a tax receipt with a business name and ABN listed.
  • Why is the wood so cheap? If you’re buying firewood through social media websites and the firewood seems cheap, ask your supplier why.

The Conservation Regulator targets those suspected of unlawfully collecting and selling firewood from public land. The community can play a key role by reporting any suspicious behaviour to DELWP on 136 186.

Offenders found guilty of cutting or taking away more than two cubic metres of fallen or felled trees from Crown land face a maximum penalty of $9,087 and/or 1 year imprisonment. Individuals may also face an additional fine of up to $9,087 for destruction of wildlife habitat, while vehicles and equipment such as chainsaws and trailers may also be seized and forfeited upon conviction.  

You can find more information at Buying Firewood.

Firewood for personal use can only be collected from domestic firewood collection in the autumn and spring firewood collection seasons. For details of where, when and what firewood can be collected, visit firewood collection in your region.

Financial support is available for people who rely on firewood for heating or cooking. To find out if you are eligible, visit energy concession and support.

We’re asking the community to help us catch those doing the wrong thing. If the firewood seems relatively cheap compared to other local sellers or the seller can’t tell you where the wood is from, it could be because it has been obtained illegally, and most likely from public land such as national parks or state forests.

Conservation Regulator Director Regulatory Operations

The illegal removal and sale of firewood from parks and reserves causes impacts that last for generations. It is critical for the protection of these areas and the species that rely upon timber for habitat, that purchasers of firewood ensure it is legally sourced.

Mark BreguetParks Victoria Senior Manager Enforcement and Regulatory Services
Conservation Regulator Victoria