Environmental Services

Organic Farming

 All farmers engaged in organic farming practices must advise the municipal office accordingly. Organic farming regulations may require that buffers be maintained around the organic lands and, in such cases, the adjacent road allowance shall not constitute the buffer.

Weed Control (leafy spurge)

Leafy Spurge identification and information click here

Proper cultivation of land shall be encouraged throughout the municipality to control the spread of noxious weeds. If noxious weeds are spreading due to the neglect of any land, Council may take action against the landowner under the provisions of the Noxious Weeds Act.

The municipality may undertake a program to spray the road allowances for leafy spurge infestation, however, the work must be contracted to a licensed applicator.

In 2005 Council introduced a program whereby individual landowners will be reimbursed for the cost of the chemical Tordon 22K which is purchased and applied during the current year. Any taxes incurred are not refundable.Rebate Application. For more information on Leafy Spurge please click here.

For information on other invasive plant species click here.

Guide to identify and control common noxious weeds  click here

 

Wild Parsnip

Wild Parsnip Identification and information facts Click here

Wild parsnip is a noxious weed that is listed under The Weed Control Act.  It causes burns to skin, when the skin comes in contact with the plant sap and then is exposed to sunlight.  If a person does come into contact with wild parsnip, it is recommended that they immediately cover the area so that it is not exposed to the sunlight, wash thoroughly, and seek medical attention as soon as possible.  The blisters can take a few days to appear, so it is best to keep the area that was in contact with the sap out of the sun for several days, if possible.  The reaction caused by the sap combined with sunlight produces a reaction similar to a chemical burn or an extreme sunburn. 

Always consult a medical professional if you believe that you have come in contact with wild parsnip sap, or if you have specific questions about symptoms and treatment.  If you know that you are entering an area where there is wild parsnip, cover all exposed skin and be sure to wash all clothing separately and in hot water to remove the sap.

The reaction caused by wild parsnip is similar to that caused by giant hogweed.  Both are members of the same plant family.  However, there are currently no confirmed locations of giant hogweed in Saskatchewan, to my knowledge.  Wild parsnip also looks a lot like cow parsnip, which is a very common native plant species, but the main difference is the colour of their flowers. Wild parsnip has yellow flowers while cow parsnip has white.  Cow parsnip does not grow as tall as giant hogweed, which can grow up to 5 metres tall.  A good website to help identify the differences between the three plants is here: http://www.invadingspecies.com/wild-parsnip/

There are confirmed locations of wild parsnip in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Invasive Species Map

Tree Planter 

The municipality has a tree planter for use by ratepayers, and it is booked on a first-come first-served basis through the administration office. A damage deposit of $75 is collected at the time of booking and refunded upon return of the planter. A user fee of $25 per day is payable at the time of pickup. 

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