Thursday, 30 May 2019

The weather is slowly getting colder, but before minds turn to the thought of glowing fire in the hearth remember this....

Sitting before a glowing fire on a cold winter's night is something many people have done at some point in their lives.

However, this has fast become a luxury we as a society can no longer afford.

Because now when we go firewood gathering, sadly we are often taking the last remaining homes in that locality of Australian hollow nesting native birds, small marsupials, reptiles, frogs & insects.

Other things to remember about firewood gathering.......

Fines apply for removing fallen timber or trees from national parks or nature reserves.
Collecting wood from Travelling Stock Reserves is illegal in New South Wales and you can be fined if caught.

If you'd like to collect firewood for personal use from a state forest within NSW you need to apply for a permit and any timber taken must be paid for in advance.

Firewood permits are available online from the Forestry Corporation of NSW at:  These permits only allow the collection of fallen timber and fines apply if rules are broken.

Removing fallen timber from roadside reserves is prohibited by many councils, so please check with your local council before considering collecting firewood from these areas.

Clearing of native vegetation on rural land is legislated by the Local Land Services Act 2013external link and the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016external link

Clearing of native vegetation in urban areas and land zoned for environmental protection is legislated by the NSW Vegetation SEPPexternal link.

Please report suspected unlawful native vegetation clearing to OEH. 
You can contact Environment Line on 131 555 or send an email to

Illegal activity can also be reported to Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 or by contacting your local police station.

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