THE Conservation Regulator is investigating after Goornong police found a man removing saplings from Wellsford Forest for a florist business.
Police found the man in possession of saplings allegedly for the Melbourne business on March 21.
Conservation Regulator acting regulatory program manager Glenn Smith said the organisation took habitat destruction seriously and would investigate anyone removing native vegetation from public land.
It is illegal to cut or remove native vegetation from public land under the Forests Act 1958. The offence carries a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment or a fine of more than $8000, or both if the matter proceeds to court.
Mr Smith urged members of the public to report any suspicious activity on public land to 136 186.
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