Noxious Weeds



The Town of Stettler is committed to the active control, spraying and removal of Noxious Weeds from areas of the Town which are affected. Alberta Animal & Municipal Enforcement Services has been designated as an Alberta Weed Inspector for the Town of Stettler. Residential properties with Noxious or Prohibited Noxious weeds are being identified and orders have been issued for either the control or destruction of the weed present to prevent invasive spread. 

The Town of Stettler Public Works Department has full time staff during the summer months who attend to all Town owned parks and properties to either remove or spray Noxious or Prohibited Noxious weeds. The dedicated work from the Town of Stettler Public Works Department has brought Stettler to be recognized and awarded by the “Communities in Bloom” committee. 

What is a Noxious or Prohibited Noxious Weed?

The Province of Alberta has declared certain species of weeds as either “Noxious” or “Prohibited Noxious”:

Noxious Weed

Means a plant designated in accordance with the regulations as a noxious weed and includes the plants seeds. This weed designation can be seen as regulatory support for an “containment” stage of invasive plant management. Plants listed in this category are considered to widely distributed to eradicate. A local authority may conduct control programs for these weeds if they feel they have significant ecological impact on lands within their municipality. 

Prohibited Noxious Weed 

Means a plant designed in accordance with the regulations as a prohibited noxious weed and includes the plants seeds. This weed designation can be seen as regulatory support for an “Early Detection, Rapid Response” stage of invasive plant management. Plants in this category are either not currently found in Alberta or are found in few locations such that eradication could be possible. Under the Weed Control Act a person has the responsibility to destroy a prohibited noxious weed. 

Why spraying weeds is needed and important:

  • Spraying is cost effective. Continually mowing areas is time consuming
    and costly.
  • Spraying is the most efficient method to control weeds over a very large
    area.

Areas of the Town which are chemically sprayed have signs posted indicating chemicals are in use. For more information as to weed control in Stettler please contact the Stettler Town Office at 403-742-8305 or Alberta Animal & Municipal Enforcement Services 403-347-2388.

 

Weeds in the Town of Stetter

Below is a list of either Noxious or Prohibited Noxious weeds which are present or abundant in Stettler:

  • Scentless Chamomile
  • Leafy Spurge
  • Canada Thistle
  • Baby’ Breath
  • Creeping Bell Flower
  • Himalayan Balsam
  • Big Head Knapp Weed
  • Oxeye Daisy

 

Resources and Information 

Please consult these sources of information for a detailed list of weeds which the Province has declared either Noxious or Prohibited Noxious and tips on how to control the growth or spread of weeds. 

Box 280, 5031 - 50 Street, Stettler, Alberta, Canada T0C 2L0