With the Spring Firewood Collection Season underway, firewood can now be collected without a permit from designated areas of State forests and those parks where firewood collection is permitted.
Maps are available on the The Department of Sustainablity and Environment website showing the designated areas available for firewood collection in State Forests and parks across Victoria, as well as the rules for collection.
DSE has reminded Victorians that people collecting firewood can’t cut down trees, including ‘dead stands’, and are only entitled to use the wood available at the designated sites.
Firewood collection for domestic use is only allowed during state-wide firewood collection seasons in Autumn (1 March to 30 June) and Spring (1 September to 30 November).
The spring firewood collection season may be closed earlier than 30 November if a fire danger period is declared before this date.
Firewood collected for personal use cannot be sold. There may be a cap placed on the amount each household can collect, particularly where there is limited access to firewood.
Designated firewood collection areas enable DSE to plan and manage environmental impacts. In particular we are able to avoid locating collection areas in areas with sensitive environmental values.
Firewood collection seasons enable management of risks to people and the environment during the wettest periods and times of highest fire hazard.
The new approach applies to State forests and parks only. Management of roadside vegetation remains with the road management authority, usually VicRoads or local government.
Permission from VicRoads or local government is needed for the collection of firewood from roadsides under their management.
(from DSE media release)