Spread of Noxious Weeds
Res #: 25-18M
Responses Received: Yes
WHEREAS municipalities are responsible to keep noxious weeds from spreading;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM approach the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to control the spread of noxious weeds adjacent to highways.
Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure
October 6, 2022
The ministry is concerned with the spread of noxious and invasive species of weeds across Saskatchewan and is taking measures to establish best practice guidelines for our staff and contractors.
The ministry is participating in the One Government Invasive Weed Initiative, a harmonized effort in the prevention and management of invasive plants in the province.
On average, the ministry spends $450,000 to $500,000 per year on the weed control program. We hire licensed pesticide applicators and coordinate efforts with RMs to spray for weeds in gravel pits, stockpiles and highway right s-of-way.
The ministry works closely with stakeholders (i.e., SARM, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association) to discuss how to more effectively deal with noxious weeds identified in the province and coordinate efforts to control weeds.
The Honourable Jeremy Cockrill – Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure