Vegetation Control Program

Amendment to the ‘No Spray’ Policy

Please be advised that the herbicide vegetation control program for Athabasca County will begin  June 1, 2018 and will continue until about  September 1, 2018.

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 allow residents to opt out of the roadside spray program.

To be eligible for the spray exemption landowners must enter into an annual agreement with the County, this year by June 4, 2018.

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 requested to be designated a restricted herbicide use area.

Additional or replacement placards are available at a cost of $20 a set (2 signs). The landowner/occupant is responsible for ensuring the signs are visible and well maintained.

Should you have further questions, please call Trent or Roxanne in the Agricultural Services Department at  (780) 675-2273.