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Property owners in Parkland County are responsible for controlling prohibited noxious and noxious weeds on their own land. The weeds designated as prohibited noxious and noxious under the Alberta Weed Control Act can spread rapidly and cause serious problems.
Weed Inspection Program
Parkland County employs four weed inspectors who conduct random inspections and investigate complaints. Each inspector is responsible for a designated area. Weed inspectors have the authority to enter private property without landowner permission in order to conduct inspections.
Click here for a list of Parkland County's fees and charges.
Questions regarding Parkland County’s Weed Inspection Program? Contact Agricultural Services at 780-968-8467.
Weed Notices for Prohibited Noxious and Noxious Weeds
On June 16, 2010, the new Alberta Weed Control Act was proclaimed. The new Act deals with invasive plants that threaten natural ecosystems in addition to agricultural lands.Changes to note in the new Act is that the categories of Restricted, Noxious and Nuisance weeds have been replaced by Prohibited Noxious and Noxious weeds. Parkland County as a local authority must issue a weed notice for Prohibited Noxious weeds and landowners shall destroy any weeds under this designation.
Weed notices will no longer be sent out via registered mail. Instead, as allowed under the Act, weed notices will be posted on the property where the weed infestation is found.
The list of weed species under each designation has increased; there are 46 plants in the Prohibited Noxious category and 29 in the Noxious category.
Copies of the Weed Control Act and Regulation can be obtained through Alberta Queen's Printer here.
For more information on Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's link to the news release about the Weed Control Act please click here.
New Alberta Weed Control Act: Prohibited Noxious Weeds (46):
"Prohibited noxious weeds - a person shall destroy a prohibited noxious weed that is on land the person owns or occupies".
Prohibited Noxious weeds pose a serious threat and must be eradicated. These weeds spread rapidly and are highly competitive. Weeds in this category are restricted to prevent establishment in Alberta.
(To view an image/information of the weed please click on the name of the weed.)
Chinese Tamarisk (Saltcedar-Tamarisk Family)
Common St. John's-wort
Hybrid Japanese Knotweed
Pale Yellow Iris
Purple Loosestrife (Lythraceae, Loosestrife Family)
Smallflower Tamarisk (Saltcedar, Tamarisk Family)
New Alberta Weed Control Act: Noxious Weeds (29):
"noxious weeds - a person shall control a noxious weed that is on land the person owns or occupies".
Noxious Weeds have the ability to spread rapidly, cause severe crop losses and economic hardship. These weeds must be controlled to prevent further establishment and spread.
(To view an image/information of the weed please click on the name of the weed)
Blueweed; Blueweed (AIP)
Canada Thistle; Canada Thistle (AIP)
Common Tansy; Common Tansy (AIP)
Field Bindweed; Field Bindweed (AIP)
Field Scabious; Field Scabious (AIP)
Globe-podded hoary cress
Heart-podded hoary cress
Hound's-tongue; Hound's-tongue (AIP)
Leafy Spurge; Leafy Spurge (AIP)
Lens-podded hoary cress
Lesser Burdock (Common)
Oxeye Daisy; Oxeye Daisy (AIP)
Perennial Sow Thistle; Perennial Sow Thistle (AIP)
Scentless Chamomile; Scentless Chamomile(AIP)
Tall Buttercup; Tall Buttercup (AIP)
White Cockle; White Cockle(AIP)
Yellow Toadflax; Yellow (Common) Toadflax(AIP)
Sources: Alberta Invasive Plant Identification Guide
Alberta Invasive Plants Council