Sturgeon County - Vegetation Management
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Vegetation ManagementVegetation Management

Vegetation management standards have been established for all Sturgeon County owned lands to ensure compliance with the Alberta Weed Control Act, to reduce fire risk and to improve aesthetics. The County shall ensure that minimum vegetation management standards are maintained on all Sturgeon County owned lands including municipal reserves, environmental reserves and road allowances.

To achieve this objective, the Agriculture Services Department shall ensure the following:

For all lands classified as ‘Type 1’, the following activities occur:

  •  mowing a minimum frequency of four (4) times per growing season
  •  weed trimming around man-made obstacles a minimum frequency of two (2) times per growing season
  •  inspection for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds a minimum frequency of one (1) time per growing season
  •  herbicide application for nuisance weed control one (1) time per growing season if required
  •  herbicide applications for noxious and prohibited noxious weed control as often as required

For all lands classified as ‘Type 2’, the following activities occur:

  •  mowing at a minimum frequency of two (2) times per growing season
  •  inspected for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds a minimum frequency of one (1) time per growing season
  •  herbicide application for nuisance weed control one (1) time every two (2) years if required
  •  herbicide applications for noxious and prohibited noxious weed control as often as required

For all lands classified as ‘Type 3’, the following activities occur:

  •  mowing at minimum frequency of one (1) time per growing season
  •  inspection for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds a minimum frequency of one (1) time per growing season
  •  herbicide applications for noxious and prohibited noxious weed control as often as required

For all paved and hard-surfaced local road allowances, the following activities occur:

  •  mowing at a minimum frequency of two (2) times per growing season
  •  weed trimming around man-made obstacles a minimum frequency of two (2) times per growing season
  •  inspected for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds a minimum frequency of one (1) time per growing season
  •  herbicide application for nuisance weed control one (1) time every two (2) years if required
  •  herbicide applications for noxious and prohibited noxious weed control as often as required

For all gravel-surfaced local road allowances, the following activities occur:

  •  shoulder mowing of a 15-foot wide swath a minimum frequency of one (1) time per growing season
  •  inspected for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds a minimum frequency of one (1) time per growing season
  •  herbicide application for nuisance and noxious weed control a minimum frequency of one (1) time every two (2) years
  •  herbicide applications for prohibited noxious weed control as often as required

The classification categories for Sturgeon County lands have been assigned using specific evaluation criteria including accessibility, size, adjacent land uses, amenities, usage patterns and environmental significance.

If you have questions regarding land classifications, you can contact the Agriculture Services department, or click link to view our Vegetation Management Policy

Any herbicide applications required to meet these standards will occur during the growing season of any given year. If you have concerns about herbicide application in your area, please read more about Limited Control Area Agreements below.


Limited Control Area Agreements

As part of Sturgeon County’s Vegetation Management Program, herbicide applications are sometimes necessary to control noxious and prohibited noxious vegetation on Sturgeon County lands and road allowances. Landowners/tenants who wish to restrict herbicide applications on municipal lands adjacent to their property can enter into a Limited Control Area Agreement with Sturgeon County. These agreements are valid for the year that they are issued and must be renewed annually. Landowners/tenants are responsible for all weed and grass control on lands for which their Limited Control Area Agreement applies.

If you have any questions about these agreements, or if you require assistance with your current Limited Control Area Agreement you can contact the Agriculture Services Department at (780) 939-8349 or agricultureservices@sturgeoncounty.ca. To find a copy of the agreement, please click here.



Weed Control

Sturgeon County must ensure that both public and private property are in compliance with the Alberta Weed Control Act and our municipal Grass Cutting Bylaw 617-88. In order to administer this legislation, Sturgeon County Council appoints four Agricultural Inspectors annually.

Each inspector is responsible for one of four inspection divisions (depicted below).

These inspectors promote public awareness of regulated weed species and aid landowners in creating weed management plans should they discover an infestation on their property.

Throughout the growing season inspectors are available to respond to incoming weed reports or inquiries. If you’d like to report a weed concern, or to find out which species are regulated under current legislation, you can contact the                                                                                                                                                Agriculture Services Department at (780) 939-8349 or agricultureservices@sturgeoncounty.ca.

 

 

Do you need more information on grass/weed control in Sturgeon County? Please visit the brochures page.