Firewood collection permits available online
PERMITS are now available for locals wanting to collect firewood from State forests in and around Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Grafton and Casino.
Forestry Corporation of NSW's North Coast protection supervisor Tom Newby reminded people to arrange a permit online before collecting firewood from any State forest.
"With fire season ending and winter approaching, we have opened up some areas in local State forests for people to collect fallen timber to use as firewood over the cold months ahead," Mr Newby said.
"You must have a permit to collect firewood from State forests, which you can arrange online for a small fee at forestrycorporation.com.au.
"Firewood is not always available from all areas due to environmental rules and operational considerations, so if you have collected firewood from a local forest in the past you will not necessarily be able to collect firewood from the same location.
"Our online permit system shows which forests are available this season. When you arrange a permit you'll receive a map showing you exactly where you are permitted to collect firewood within those forests.
"If you're collecting firewood from a State forest, please remember that you can only collect fallen timber - the permits do not allow you to cut down any standing trees, even if they are dead. For your own safety, and to avoid a hefty fine, please stick to the rules."
For more information, or to arrange a firewood permit, visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au.