Weed ControlLamont County ASB Department has two weed inspectors and two seasonal, who assist rural residents in identifying and managing noxious weeds. Our weed inspectors enforce the Alberta Weed Control Act through one-on-one contact with rural residents. Do your part by controlling noxious weeds on private land and seek out the aid of the weed inspectors should you require assistance.
Weeds of major concern in Lamont County are Scentless Chamomile, White Cockle, Common Tansy, Canada Thistle, Toadflax and Tall Buttercup. For a listing of more invasive species go to the Alberta Invasive Species Council website.
Landowner Responsibilities for Weed ControlWe all have a vested interest in controlling these weeds, and all landowners are responsible for taking action to ensure weed populations are controlled and do not increase. Noxious weeds will continue to spread unless we collectively make a concerted effort to control them. Mandatory control work by all landowners is the most effective way to stop the spread of these plants.
If noxious weeds are found on properties, Lamont County will:
- Contact landowner via phone or Introductory Letter
- Non-compliance letter if no action
- Follow up in person or via phone
- Issue Weed Notice according to Weed Control Act—control action required or will be done by the county, at the landowner’s expense
- Contact landowner to make aware of prohibited noxious weeds
- Issue Mandatory Weed Notice according to Weed Control Act—control action required or will be done at landowners expense by the county.
Roadside SprayingEvery year, the ASB Department sprays about 900 miles of roadside to control noxious weeds and brush re-growth. Covering about 900 miles per year allows for a three-year rotation covering all roadsides in the County. New methods of spraying and controlling roadsides, municipal holdings, and sensitive areas from weeds and brush are always being considered for the future to protect our County’s natural landscape while controlling unwanted vegetation.
Mowing and Brushing ProgramsThe ASB Department mowing program runs all summer long and into the fall months to keep roadside vegetation controlled, especially roadsides that are not on the current year’s spraying rotation. The mowers are also used to control sensitive areas that cannot be sprayed. Brushing usually begins after the mowing season ends, selecting roadside brush that interferes with visibility, infrastructure and snow drifting.
Rural residents are able to obtain Hay Permits from Lamont County allowing the haying of County right-of-ways instead of mowing. These permits are valid from July 1 to August 1 and must be received by June 1 of the calendar year.
Download the Hay Permit and Fax to 780-895-7404 or mail to:
Agricultural Services Department
Lamont County Administration Building
5303 50 Avenue, Lamont AB, T0B 2R0