Forestry Corporation NSW warns that collecting firewood from state forests without a permit is illegal

Word of warning: Taking firewood from state forests without a permit risks a maximum fine of $2200, warns the Forestry Corporation NSW.
Word of warning: Taking firewood from state forests without a permit risks a maximum fine of $2200, warns the Forestry Corporation NSW.

Collecting firewood without a permit could lead to a fine of up to $2000. 

Many people find state forests to be a handy resource to stock up on firewood, but the Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) has warned people to stick to the rules to avoid being fined.

Forestry Corporation NSW spokesman Daniel Tuan reminded people to arrange a permit online before collecting firewood from any state forest and to only collect fallen timber. 

The FCNSW consistently monitors state forests and that surveillance cameras are used to detect illegal firewood collection.

Firewood permits are relatively inexpensive, costing between $8 to $30 per tonne and can be purchased online through:

  • forestrycorporation.com.au

The online permit system will also advise where firewood can be collected from. A map will be provided along with the permit.