Recently the Town of Slave Lake has received numerous complaints from residents about prohibited noxious weeds on properties in Town. This includes invasive species. Many of these weeds do pose a threat to the ecology of the community if allowed to spread. This includes infestations of weeds such as Canada Thistle, Himalayan Balsam, Scentless Chamomile, Ox-eye Daisy, and Yellow Toadflax.
The following links provide more information on how to identify and control these plants: https://www.alberta.ca/noxious-weeds-and-plants.aspx.
These plants are all regulated by the Alberta Weed Act and are prohibited, which means that a landowner is legally obligated to control them. Often times some of these species appear as wild flowers, but are actually prohibited weeds.
If you see these plants on your property, the Town is asking that you take appropriate control methods to help reduce the spread of these species. When the Town receives complaints of weeds, Town staff may also request and/or issue notices to property owners to control the weeds.
There are also many smartphone apps that can be helpful in identifying various plants.