NSW man charged with stealing Vic firewood

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A NSW man potentially faces a year in jail and fine of nearly $10,000 after he was busted allegedly collecting firewood in Victoria.

The unnamed man was charged by Conservation Regulator Authorised Officers with 12 offences, including illegal firewood collecting and habitat destruction, after being observed at Lake Moodemere near Rutherglen, in the state's northeast last year.

In Victoria, it is a crime to remove or destroy vegetation on public land without proper authorisation.

A joint operation between the Conservation Regulator, Forest Fire Management Victoria and Parks Victoria led officers to the man in May last year.

He is due to appear in Wodonga Magistrates Court on July 5.

"The illegal removal of native vegetation is devastating for biodiversity," Hume Conservation Regulator regional manager Greg Chant said.

"Habitat loss has a serious impact on iconic native species that rely on our forests to survive, such as the Powerful Owl, South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Greater Glider, and many others."

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