Gathering domestic firewood

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The Shire would like to inform residents that firewood can only be collected from designated areas of State forest and timber reserves managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Firewood collected from public firewood collection areas is for private use only, and selling it is not permitted unless you are a registered commercial operator. Please contact the DPaW for information regarding your nearest firewood collection area and the rules associated with it.

If you are collecting firewood for personal use from your private property it is important that you are aware of the regulations surrounding firewood collection and how this can be done without damaging the environment. Clearing of native vegetation in WA is regulated by the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) and Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004 and you are required to obtain a Clearing Permit from the Department of Environment Regulation if you wish to clear on your private property. An exemption does exist under the EP Act for clearing for the purposes of firewood from a private property.

Firewood must first be collected from dead vegetation. If taken from live trees, it should not kill the tree or prevent its regrowth. This would allow the taking of branches from resprouting species such as mallees.

For more information please contact the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions on (08) 9333 7469.