Consider the impact of bushwalking and camping on the environment, and its resources. View the checklist, and read about the impact of campfires.
It may seem strange to say that we are running out of firewood in our natural areas, but this is actually happening. Around many popular picnic and camping spots. there simply isn’t any firewood left. For years people have been collecting dead wood for fires, using up the local supply. Some people have made the problem worse by breaking off live branches. This destroys the trees. The shelter they offer and the close bond with nature that bush creates around a camping site.
The firewood problem is getting worse because more and more people are enjoying the outdoors. The impact of these increased numbers on the fragile environments around well-used natural areas is becoming very serious. Too much fallen timber is being burnt.
This means that we are going to have to change our habits to keep our special outdoor places nice to visit.
Instead of relying on firewood for cooking, be self-sufficient. Bring your own gas cooking equipment with you. This is for quicker and cleaner than on open fire.
Don’t light a fire just for “atmosphere”.
If you feel that you must have a fire, please: