The Herbicide Vegetation Control Program for Athabasca County will begin June 1, 2017 and will continue until about September 1, 2017.
The objective of the program is to control unwanted weeds, brush and trees in County right-of-ways.
The County does not use herbicides within 30 metres on either side of a farmstead or residential parcel; herbicide is not used adjacent to shelterbelts or sensitive crops – canola, potatoes, alfalfa, clover, and peas – if the wind conditions are not favourable.
Herbicides are not utilized for vegetation management alongside greenhouse operations, tree nurseries or gardens, or within 30 metres of a water body.
Athabasca County has a “no-spray” policy for landowners which allows residents to opt out of the roadside spray program. To be eligible for the spray exemption landowners must enter into an agreement each year with the County by June 6, 2017.
There is a one-time $100 application fee which provides the applicant with two “Restricted Herbicide Use Area” placards that shall be posted at each end of the parcel of property requested to be designated a restricted herbicide use area.
Additional or replacement placards are available at a cost of $20 a set (2 signs).
It is the responsibility of the land owner/occupant to ensure the signs are visible and well maintained.
Have questions? Call Trent or Roxanne in the Agriculture Service Department at (780) 675-2273.