With the cooler weather hitting NSW, Local Land Services is reminding people that it is illegal to collect firewood from Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs).
"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," LLS Director of Regional Operations, Rob Kelly said.
Anyone caught removing timber or disturbing vegetation (alive or dead) from a TSR can be fined up to $5,500 under the Local Land Services Act 2013.
TSRs are an extremely important refuge for many rare and endangered native plants and fallen logs and standing dead wood can be part of their habitat.
Decaying timber and leaf litter are also important in the process of nutrient recycling back into the soil.
"When it comes to firewood collection, TSRs are off limits and our staff are continuously monitoring activity for any illegal behaviour," Mr Kelly said.
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
For more information on TSRs visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/tsr or call Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.
Reminder: In line with current COVID 19 public health advice, TSRs are not available at present for any recreational purpose, including camping.