Territory and Municipal Services are asking for the public’s help to track down whomever is chopping down trees for firewood in Canberra’s nature reserves.
“Unfortunately several times this year our rangers have found trees cut down in our nature reserves and on other public lands. Sadly, some people are unaware of the dangers and environmental impacts of cutting down trees and collecting fallen timber for firewood,” said Ranger Shelley Swain
“I also remind Canberrans they cannot collect wood from public land. Fallen trees and branches form a vital part of the ecosystem by providing animal habitats, returning nutrients to the soil and encouraging revegetation.
“Fines of up to $5500 apply under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 for cutting down trees or removing wood from reserves.”
If you see illegal firewood collection you can contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or to Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.