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.
To report a Noxious or Prohibited Noxious weed use our online tool, Report a Problem. Choose the Parks category.
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:
For the complete list of Prohibited Noxious and Noxious weeds in Alberta, please visit the Alberta Invasive Plant Council (AISC) website.
Though many invasive plants may look beautiful and provide habitat for pollinators, it is important to use non-invasive plants in landscaping. For some recommended alternatives please see:
|Weed Wise Brochure (pdf)||Grow Me Instead Brochure (pdf)|
For anyone who wants to get involved in weed control within the City, see Adopt a Park for more information.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
The Parks Section uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to control or eradicate invasive plants. Control has many forms: Chemical, Physical/Mechanical, Biological, and Cultural.