Reminder about wood collection

No wood collection in the Reserve

This time of year there is pressure to ensure there’s wood for the fire. The Reserve, though, is not designated for domestic wood collection. And, wood collection in designated areas in Gippsland closed at the end of June.

The loss of a tree aged at least 80 years cut down during the week and the taking of a substantial amount of wood in the form of fallen logs has highlighted the need to remind people that the Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve is protected habitat.

Shows felled eucalypt

Downed eucalypt

Signs have been placed around the place as a reminder that taking wood is prohibited, along with the contact number for police and the Latrobe City’s planning enforcement officer.

Shows reminder that wood collection is prohibited, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Reminder that wood collection is prohibited

Costly process

Taking a tree can be quite a costly process both to the ecosystem and to the pocket.

Shows sign placed on illegally felled eucalypt in Reserve, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Penalty of up to $172k

See previous postings on the importance of aged and older trees for their hollows, and fallen wood for supporting fungi.

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