The Weed Control Act identifies weeds of concern that the Parks Section is required to control or eradicate. The Weed Control Act has a great history in Alberta and has been proclaimed in one version or another since 1907. The Act protects economic and ecological losses caused by weeds.
Prohibited Noxious Weeds
Under the Weed Control Act, a person has the responsibility to destroy a prohibited noxious weed.
The following are classified as prohibited noxious weeds and have been found in the City of Red Deer:
Under the Weed Act, the Parks Section has the authority to conduct control programs for any noxious weed if the weed is causing a significant ecological or economic impact on lands within the City of Red Deer.
The following are classified as noxious weeds and have been found in the City of Red Deer:
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
The Parks Section uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to deal with weed populations. You may hear from us if these plants are found in your area, and we’ll provide you with the necessary information to help control them.
For additional information on weeds in Alberta, please see the Alberta Invasive Plant Identification Guide, visit the Alberta Invasive Plant Council website or contact the Parks Section at 403-342-8234.
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