Its latest revision, (proclaimed in June 2010) listed 46 prohibited noxious and 29 noxious weeds requiring either eradication in the case of prohibited noxious or the control of noxious weeds. This revision showed an increased focus on new invasive plants that most had assumed weren’t even in Alberta yet.
To assist landowners/occupants in the identification and control of these legislated weeds, your Town Council appoints a number of weed inspectors annually. One of their main goals of this program is to create awareness about these new invasive weeds and why they must be controlled or eradicated.
Weed Report Vs. Weed Notice
Should a weed inspector discover a noxious weed, they will write up a Weed Report and inform the landowner of the weed infestation. This is not a Weed Notice. A Weed Report is offered as an informational tool to encourage landowners to control the weeds in question and /or contact the Weed Inspector to learn more about the plants’ management and control.
A Weed Notice, on the other hand, is a legal document under the Alberta Weed Control Act. A Notice will be issued if a landowner has repeatedly failed to control the weeds identified on the Weed Report or in the case a Prohibited Noxious weed is discovered, a Weed Notice must be written. A Weed Notice is a document that, if unattended to, will lead to the municipality taking action to control/eradicate the weeds in question with the landowner still responsible for the cost of the control.
Under the Act, Weed Inspectors “may enter at any reasonable hour on land or premises, and inspect the land or premises or any crops, hay, etc.,” excluding the dwellings on the premises.
For more information on the Weed Control Act and/or weeds in your municipality, please visit some of these great sites:
Alberta Invasive Species Council: https://www.abinvasives.ca/
Weed Control Act: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/acts6156
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