Domestic firewood collection in river red gum reserves
Firewood may be collected from some public lands in the Riverina for domestic use only. You must have a permit.
Generally, removing firewood from national parks is prohibited. However, firewood collection is allowed state forests, and under licence where designated in the Riverina. To collect firewood, you must apply for a permit and have the permit with you when collecting and transporting firewood.
Tree-felling is prohibited. Firewood cannot be collected for sale or commercial use.
Domestic firewood collection program
Firewood collection areas
Areas selected for firewood collection depend on:
- the presence of sufficient wood to allow removal while maintaining ecological processes and cultural heritage values
- adequate public access and safety
- amenity for other forest users
- other regulatory requirements.
The areas may be revised from time to time in response to changing circumstances such as flooding and depletion of coarse woody debris.
Energy efficiency and home heating alternatives
The Department of Planning and Environment has also adopted the taskforce recommendation to encourage alternative forms of heating and to provide information about energy efficiency.
Permits to collect firewood
There are 4 different types of public lands in the Riverina with firewood collection policies.
Each area is managed by a different agency and requires a specific permit that only allows firewood collection under certain conditions.
Firewood collection in state forests:
- is permitted throughout the year
- is allowed for 10 days from the nominated start date of a permit
- allows up to 6 tonnes per household each year.
To get a permit, contact the Dubbo Forestry Corporation office on 02 6841 4200.
National parks and regional parks
Firewood collection requires a licence in national and regional parks. Licences are managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
Areas will be closed to collecting firewood when the coarse woody debris level reaches 45 tonnes per hectare.
Some firewood collection is allowed from roadsides in the Riverina.
To get a permit, permission is required from either Transport for NSW or the relevant local council.
Travelling stock routes
Firewood collection is generally not allowed on travelling stock reserves.
For more information, contact Riverina or Murray Local Land Services.