YOUR bank balance could get a trim if you’re caught removing timber or disturbing vegetation – dead or alive – on travelling stock reserves, Local Land Services are warning.
As the weather cools, they’re issuing a reminder that people caught in illegal activities on TSRs could be fined up to $5500 under the Local Land Services Act 2013.
Central West LLS team leader Peta Holcombe said people were able to use them for a range of recreational activities, but “when it comes to firewood collection, TSRs are off limits”.
Ms Holcombe said LLS was responsible for maintaining and protecting these public assets.
“We need to make sure there is a clear understanding in the community about the importance of the TSR network’s long-term viability.”
She said TSRs not only provided a drought reserve and movement network for livestock, but were also an extremely valuable refuge for many rare and endangered native plants and animals.
Fallen logs and standing dead wood provided critical habitat for a wide range of species; and decaying timber and leaf litter were important in the process of nutrient-recycling back into the soil.
“Action may be taken against anyone found removing firewood or carrying out other illegal activities such as dumping rubbish or four-wheel driving,” Ms Holcombe said.
“Our staff are continuously monitoring activity on TSRs.”
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