ASB Programs

The ASB has identified 5 primary programs that it feels are important to the area.

Industrial Vegetation Management Program

  • The goal of the program is to reduce the perennial weed population, control the regrowth of brush, and develop efficient and environmentally sustainable ways to operate these programs.
  • The purpose of our IVM Program is to allow clear sight lines to signs & intersections, reduce snow accumulation, promote road drainage and drying, facilitate snow removal, control weeds, and ensure that wildlife grazing at the roadside or preparing to cross the roadway are clearly visible to motorists.

Crop Disease & Pests

  • The Agricultural Pests Act is enabling legislation that allows the local authority to deal with native and introduced pests which affect agricultural production. It is your responsibility to prevent the establishment of, control, or destroy a nuisance on the land.
  • Under the Agricultural Pests Act, the following can be declared a pest or nuisance if the Minister considers that they are destroying or harming, or are likely to destroy or harm, any land, livestock or property in all or part of Alberta:
    • Animal
    • Bird
    • Insect
    • Plant
    • Disease
    • Wild boar where at large in Alberta
  • The Weed Control Act lists weeds that are a threat to Alberta’s Environment, economy and society. They have the potential to degrade habitats, reduce biodiversity, increase erosion, cause wildfires, reduce property value, create obstacles to international trade and cause reduction in productivity of agricultural land.

Reclamation

  • Road construction and gravel pit reclamation is an important part of our program. Pre and Post site inspections are conducted as part of the reclamation planning.
  • Our objective is to ensure the establishment and growth of species compatible with the intended end land use. The vegetation should be self-sustaining in uncultivated areas, or sustainable under normal management in cultivated areas.

Resource Management Programming

  • Facilitate the producer’s completion of Environmental Farm Plans.
  • Promote and facilitate use of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program.
  • Promote riparian area restoration and preservation.
  • Promote shelterbelt planting and rejuvenation.
  • Promote the sustainability of farming in the County through the continuing education of producers in best management and environmental stewardship practices.

Conservation

  • Erosion is a natural process often accelerated by farming activities that leave the soil surface bare and susceptible to the forces of wind and water. Erosion moves topsoil, reduces both the level of soil organic matter and available crop nutrients and contributes to the breakdown of soil structure.