Collecting firewood in the south-west

With winter weather on the way, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has opened up a series of designated firewood collection areas for residents of the south-west.

Parks and Wildlife Blackwood District operations officer Zsi Cockman said people from Capel, Busselton, Donnybrook, Boyup Brook, Nannup, Augusta and Margaret River with wood heaters were urged to collect firewood safely.

“There’s nothing like the warmth of a wood fire, but people need to be careful when gathering firewood from designated areas in State forest and timber reserves managed by the department,” Ms Cockman said.

“Only fallen timber should be taken, because standing trees can provide important habitat for native species such as black cockatoos and brushtail possums.

“Any logs marked with a white ‘H’ should be avoided as these have been identified as potential habitat for native animals.

“People can help ensure there are minimal impacts on the environment while collecting firewood by staying on established roads at all times.”

There are 13 designated firewood collection areas in the department’s Blackwood District.

For information about where and how to collect firewood this winter, contact the Parks and Wildlife office at Busselton or Kirup, or the local shire office. More information and 2014 firewood collection maps can be found at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/management/forests/forest-produce/68-gathering-domestic-firewood

Ms Cockman said up to one tonne of firewood every 60 days could be collected between

1 June and 30 September for domestic use.

“The areas designated for collection have been chosen so that the firewood resource is sustainably managed both now and into the future,” Ms Cockman said.

Firewood can also be purchased from licensed businesses that are supplied by the Forest Products Commission (FPC). People can visit the FPC website at http://www.fpc.wa.gov.au/ to find their nearest licensed firewood business.

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