All information provided by the Alberta Invasive Species Council. For more on the various noxious and prohibited noxious weeds, please visit the The AISC website.

Oxeye Daisy, Canada

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The Oxeye Daisy stands out prominently in the landscape, as there are no native white flowered daisies in Alberta. Often perceived to be a ‘pretty’ wildflower, is actually an aggressive invader. It is a perennial that spreads primarily by seed, but also by shallow, creeping roots. The greatest impact of this plant is on forage production in pastures and meadows. Cattle avoid oxeye daisy and so any pasture infested decreases forage available for grazing. Horses, sheep and goats, however, will readily graze oxeye daisy and can be used in companion grazing situations to control oxeye daisy. Dense stands of oxeye daisy can decrease plant diversity and increase the amount of bare soil in an area.

Control: Mowing before bloom can reduce seed set but will not control the plant. Mowing during or after flowering will disperse seeds. Because of its shallow root system, oxeye daisy can be controlled with cultivation.

Creeping Thistle, Canada

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These spiky fellows show up every year across most of Alberta, and are aggressive and creeping. They have purple or white flowers, grow up to 120 cm tall, and are ridged and slightly hairy.

Control: Chemical application in the late fall is the most effective way of dealing with this little pest.

 

 

Check your Swedish Columnar Aspens and Tower Poplars for a fungal disease causing brown or bronze colored sections of leaves.

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Why We Inspect

Alberta is extremely susceptible to invasive species. Some species are looking to get a foothold in our waterways and others are looking to invade our productive agricultural land. For this reason the Weed Act was proclaimed in 1907 and has existed in some form for the last 108 years, making it one of Alberta’s oldest pieces of legislation.

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DutchElm

The Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) would like to make sure Albertans are informed about Dutch Elm Disease (DED) and how it can prevented.  Dutch Elm Disease Awareness Week is recognized annually throughout Alberta from June 22 to 28.

American elms are planted extensively in Alberta and have throughout the years become the tree of choice for the Prairies with good reason. These giants with their height and broad vase- shaped canopies have given them tremendous esthetic value.  They are tough, can endure extreme heat, cold and drought, yet retain incredible beauty.

However, all elm species that grow in Alberta have an Achilles heel. They are prone to DED, a deadly fungus. This fungus clogs the elm tree's water conducting system, causing the tree to die in a short period of time.  The fungus is primarily spread from one elm tree to another by elm bark beetles. 

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Environment Clean Up

Innisfail Has Gone Green!

On June 1, 2011 the Town of Innisfail commenced a Town-wide recycling pickup program with community groups delivering our green recycling containers to eligible residences.

For more information, on the recycling program:

Recycling Program (PDF)

The temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter. Fall is a perfect time to prepare your house for winter and stay “green."

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Recycling

Energy Conservation Tips

On June 1, 2011 the Town of Innisfail commenced a Town-wide recycling pickup program with community groups delivering our green recycling containers to eligible residences.

For more information, on the recycling program:

Recycling Program (PDF)

Environment Clean Up

Rain Barrel Program

In an effort to encourage residents to reduce water consumption in their homes and yards, the Town of Innisfail sells rain barrels each spring/summer season. The barrels can now be ordered at the Town Office.

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Environment Clean Up

Innisfail Green & Clean

Envision Innisfail launched its Green & Clean Initiative in the spring of 2011. For the last four years, individuals, families, businesses, schools, clubs and organizations were all challenged to adopt an area of town and clean it up during the campaign.

This year, more than 400 people took part in the Green & Clean program.