Weeds and Trees

Vegetation Management Program 2023

As part of Beaver County’s roadside maintenance program, the removal of trees, brush, and regulated weed species within Beaver County road allowances takes place yearly from May through October. The 2023 program will consist of:

  • Spot herbicide applications will be conducted within all divisions to control tree and brush regrowth within County road allowances (Focused efforts on Divisions 1 & 2).
  • Blanket Spraying will be conducted within Division 3 and 4.
  • Mechanical roadside brush control efforts will be conducted throughout the county, (focused efforts will be in Divisions 3-5). The mechanical removal and clearing of trees from County road allowances is targeted at improving traffic safety and machinery movement, eliminating areas prone to trapping in the winter months and improving sightlines at intersections and yard sites.
  • Weed Inspections will be conducted throughout the county.

For information regarding weed control, brush control, and haying along provincial primary and secondary highways please contact Alberta Transportation at 310-0000.

For more information regarding the Beaver County Vegetation Management Program, or service requests related to vegetation management, please contact Jonathan Culbert, Agricultural Fieldman at 780-663-3730.

Roadside Weed Control

Beaver County recognizes that road allowances serve as a pathway for the movement of noxious and prohibited noxious weeds around the County.  It is for this reason that Beaver County applies herbicides, mows, and seeds its roadside ditches to control and stop the spread of invasive plants through the County.

Beaver County has adopted a Weed Control Policy to remedy weed problems within the County.  Each year Beaver County sprays approximately one-third of its road allowances to control weeds along roadsides.  This is done on a rotational basis throughout the County.  

Please bear in mind that Beaver County is not responsible for the maintenance of primary and secondary highways which run through the County.  To report problems along provincial highways please contact Alberta Transportation.

Weed Inspections

Each year, to fulfill its duties under the Alberta Weed Control Act, Beaver County conducts weed inspections across the county for Prohibited Noxious and Noxious Weeds. Species designated as Prohibited Noxious in the Weed Control Act must be destroyed, whereas species designated as Noxious, must only be controlled through the restriction of its spread.

For a complete list of Prohibited Noxious and Noxious Weeds in Alberta, please visit the Alberta Invasive Species Council website for invasive species fact sheets and identification tips: Alberta Invasive Species Council

Beaver County takes a proactive approach to invasive plant management by always educating landowners on the importance of invasive species control prior to the implementation of any enforcement notices. However, the Weed Control Act states that the control of invasive species is the responsibility of the landowner. Therefore, if a landowner is deemed to be non-compliant under the Weed Control Act, a Weed Notice may be issued by the county.

A small Custom Herbicide Application service is available to landowners to aid with the control of invasive plant species. This service is charged at cost recovery. The County limits Custom Herbicide Applications to 5 acres; for the management of infestations larger than 5 acres, a private contractor will need to be hire by the landowner.

For questions regarding invasive species identification and management, please call the County office.

Tree Management

Beaver County will remove problem trees and shrubs within County road allowances which inhibit road maintenance operations, compromise the integrity of the road surface, reduce visibility, and pose a risk to overall traffic safety.  The County performs these operations on a three-year rotation throughout Beaver County.  The County utilizes a combination of mechanical and herbicide control methods to control trees and shrubs within County roadways as stated in the County’s Roadside Brush Control Policy.

Beaver County will also remove trees and shrubs from private land near intersections within the County. The County will not remove trees on private land until a written agreement is obtained from the landowner. The County actively seeks to obtain agreements and aims to work proactively with landowners in order to improve sightlines and traffic safety for County residents and visitors of the County.