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Brigalow Nandewar Green Firewood Strategy

The Environment Protection Authority and Forestry Corporation of NSW worked with firewood operators to develop a five-year strategy to phase out commercial ‘dry firewood’ collection in favour of more environmentally sound use of ‘green timber’ logging residues.

On 15 April 2013, the strategy was extended through an amendment to the Brigalow Nandewar integrated forestry operations approvals (IFOA). The amendment extended the date for transition to green firewood for 3 years from 1 January 2013 to 1 January 2016. Firewood volumes specified in the IFOA were also adjusted on a pro-rata basis to fit with the new deadline.

The Brigalow and Nandewar Green Firewood Strategy is consistent with national and state policy encouraging use of residues from logging rather than collecting firewood from old fallen or standing trees, which are crucial for habitat for some threatened species.

Assistance is being offered to approved commercial firewood operators in the region to make the transition to collecting, drying and selling sustainable firewood based on green residue.

More about green timber residue

Green residue includes material left on the ground, such as off-cuts and branches, after authorised harvesting of ironbark sawlogs or fencing.

Green timber needs two years drying time.

Financial assistance will help commercial operators meet extra needs for storing and drying green timber residue so that it is ready for use by consumers.

 

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Page last updated: 11 July 2014