Across Tasmania, the illegal collection of firewood in native forests is common throughout the year — but the state’s public forestry company says it has become “rampant”, putting safety at risk and creating a black market. In Tasmania the practice of illegally taking timber is sometimes referred to as “wood hooking”. Safety concerns about wood hooking were again brought to the fore with the death of a seven-year-old boy at Mt Lloyd in the Derwent Valley in 2015, when his mother’s partner was cutting wood resulting in a falling branch crushing their ute. Despite the tragedy, wood hooking in native forest areas continues apace. In the nearby Plenty Valley, evidence of the practice is widespread. …Tasmania has Australia’s highest per capita consumption of firewood, and research by the University of Tasmania has found a significant majority of consumers are aware that wood is usually sourced illegally.