Lamont County Agricultural Services Department employs weed to 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 Control
We all have a vested interest in controlling invasive weeds, and all landowners are responsible for for ensuring 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 the Weed Control Act—control action required or will be done by the county, at the landowner’s expense
If prohibited noxious weeds are found on properties, Lamont County will:
- Contact landowner to make aware of prohibited noxious weeds
- Issue Mandatory Weed Notice according to the Weed Control Act—control action required or will be done at landowners expense by the county.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Every year the Agricultural Services department sprays approximately 1450 km (900 mi) of roadside to control noxious weeds and brush re-growth. This allows for a three-year rotation to spray 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 the natural landscape while controlling unwanted vegetation.
Mowing and Brushing Programs
The Lamont County 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. 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.
Haying in Lamont County Rights-of-Way
Rural residents are able to obtain Hay Permits from Lamont County allowing the haying of County rights-of-way instead of mowing. These permits are valid from July 1 to August 1 and must be received by June 1.
Download the Hay Permit and return completed via fax at 780-895-2892, or email to ASB@lamontcounty.ca. Hay Permit policy.