TWO men have been issued with penalty infringement notices for illegally taking firewood from a state forest near Corryong.
The notices were issued by Department of Environment and Primary Industries officers.
DEPI’s land and fire regional manager, Shaun Lawlor, said the firewood season was closed and it was illegal to collect it from forests.
“The two men were each issued with a $563 infringement notice for allegedly taking away two cubic metres or less of fallen or felled trees in state forests,” Mr Lawlor said.
Mr Lawlor said this acts as a reminder to those doing the wrong thing.
“Staff are concerned that there may be unlicensed operators working on a larger scale across the Hume region,” Mr Lawlor said.
“Firewood from state forest areas can only be sold legally through a licensed supplier.
“If people are unsure whether they are purchasing from a licensed supplier, they should contact their nearest DEPI office to check before they buy.
“The illegal selling of firewood is viewed as a serious offence which is reflected in new legislation introduced in 2012.”
Mr Lawlor said it allows for penalties up to $7218 or one year imprisonment or both.
It enables members of the public to collect firewood in designated areas without a permit and protects the environment.
The spring firewood season is from September 1 to November 30.