Three charged with stealing firewood from nature park

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Three men will face court after they were allegedly caught stealing firewood from a South Australian conservation park.

Park rangers heard chainsaws operating in the Mount Watch Native Forest Reserve in Tantanoola on Sunday afternoon.

Rangers allege they found three men who had felled red gum trees and were in the process of cutting them into firewood.

Taking wood from native forest reserves and Forestry SA plantations is illegal and carries hefty fines or legal action.

The three men aged 55, 54 and 33 were subsequently reported for theft of wood, damaging native vegetation and being in possession of chainsaws in a native forest reserve.

Police seized three chainsaws and the cut wood was returned to Forestry SA.

The men will be issued with summonses to attend court at a later date.