The City has appointed weed inspectors to make sure residents, local businesses and the Parks Section are working together to take action on weed control. Under provincial legislation, the Weed Control Act identifies weeds of concern as either Prohibited Noxious or Noxious, requiring eradication or control. Prohibited Noxious weeds must be destroyed, "killing all growing parts or rendering reproductive mechanisms non-viable." Noxious weeds are to be controlled, which the Act defines as "inhibiting the growth or spread of, or destroying." The Weed Control Act not only prevents the spread of weeds but also the associated economic and ecological losses.
For additional information on weeds in Alberta, please see the Alberta Invasive Plant Identification Guide, visit the Alberta Invasive Species Council website or contact the Parks Section at 403-342-8234 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Prohibited Noxious Weeds
Under the Weed Control Act, a person has the responsibility to destroy a prohibited noxious weed.
The following are classified as prohibited noxious weeds and have been found in the City of Red Deer:
Under the Weed Act, the Parks Section has the authority to conduct control programs for any noxious weed if the weed is causing a significant ecological or economic impact on lands within the City of Red Deer.
The following are classified as noxious weeds and have been found in the City of Red Deer:
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
The Parks Section uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to deal with weed populations. You may hear from us if these plants are found in your area, and we’ll provide you with the necessary information to help control them.
The City of Red Deer Parks section is using goats as a tool to manage invasive weed species, including Canada thistle, in our parks and green spaces. The goats feed on the weeds and provide an economical, environmentally safe, and sustainable method of weed control. Learn more...