Why this firewood could land you a scorching fine

LLS reminding people not to collect firewood from Travelling Stock Reserves

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Local Land Services TSR team leader Peta Holcombe is reminding people that taking wood from TSRs is illegal.

Local Land Services TSR team leader Peta Holcombe is reminding people that taking wood from TSRs is illegal.

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Getting chilly? This is where you shouldn't source firewood.

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People feeling the winter chill are continuing to illegally collect firewood from Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) despite annual reminders from Local Land Services.

Anyone caught removing timber or disturbing vegetation from a TSR can be fined up to $5500 under the Local Land Services Act 2013.

"While it is lovely to enjoy a roaring fire when the mercury drops, do not get burnt by a hefty fine for taking wood illegally," Local Land Services director of regional operations, Rob Kelly said.

Such rules are in place to protect the integrity of the network of TSRs which is recognised as an asset of state significance with agricultural, social, cultural and ecological values.

"We need to make sure there is a clear understanding in the community about the importance of TSRs and their long term viability," Mr Kelly said.

"When it comes to firewood collection, TSRs are off limits and our staff are continuously monitoring activity for any illegal behaviour," he said.

"Action may be taken against anyone found removing firewood or carrying out other illegal activities such as dumping rubbish or four wheel driving".

Members of the public are asked to report any illegal activity to Local Land Services on 1300 795 299, or to contact NSW Police on 131 444.

While firewood collection is not permitted on TSRs, members of the public can apply for a permit to collect firewood from selected state forests by visiting forestrycorporation.com.au

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