The purpose of the Invasive Plant Control Program (IPCP) is to provide financial assistance to rural municipalities (RMs), First Nations (FNs) south of the Northern Administrative District, and other stakeholders through their respective RMs and FNs, with costs to undertake and coordinate the control of prohibited weeds as well as specific noxious weeds that are persistent and problematic invasive plants.
SARM will administer a 50:50 cost-share rebate program in the amount of $856,000 to assist with all costs to control any prohibited weeds designated under The Weed Control Act as well as rebates toward eligible herbicides used to control designated noxious weeds designated under The Weed Control Act.
NEW this year, RMs and FNs are eligible to claim for RM appointed or FN authorized Weed Inspector expenses related to prohibited and noxious weed monitoring in their jurisdictions.
The deadline to claim under the 2023-24 IPCP is October 31, 2023.
Navigating Conflict Workshops for Appointed Officials
SARM, through the Pest Biosecurity Program, hosted four one-day Navigating Conflict workshops in January and February 2023 open to appointed officials (FN Land Managers, Pest Control Officers, and Weed Inspectors). They were facilitated by the Dispute Resolution Office, Ministry of Justice. These interactive workshops introduced concepts and skills about managing a contentious situation and having difficult discussions.
2023 Weed Inspector and Land Manager Webinar
January 10, 2023:
The Weed Control Act – Proposed Changes to Regulated Weeds (Webinar Video)
The Weed Control Act – Proposed Changes to Regulated Weeds (PDF)
The Weed Control Act – Proposed Changes to Regulated Weeds (CEC Quiz)
May 25, 2023:
Leafy Spurge Beetle Collection Days
When: July 3rd to 6th, 2023* (4 days), 10AM—3PM
Where: Besant Campground (west of Caronport on Highway #1)
What: Leafy spurge beetles are insects that feed on leafy spurge, acting as a biological control agent for the noxious weed. The SARM Plant Health Technical Advisors (PHTAs) will be present to provide information and assist in packaging leafy spurge beetles for landowners, RMs, and First Nations to take back to their property for release.
Bring: A cooler and ice packs for transporting beetles, sweep nets (extra nets will be available), water, lunch, and long pants (poison ivy and ticks are found in the area).
Cost: Free to attend
*Dates are subject to change based on beetle emergence and weather. Contact your PHTA prior to travelling to ensure the event dates have not changed.
Plant Health Technical Advisors
Tayo Adegeye, Division 1
PHNdivision1@sarm.ca or 306-580-8708
Joanne Kwasnicki, Division 2
PHNdivision2@sarm.ca or 306-541-8437
Betty Johnson, Division 3
PHNdivision3@sarm.ca or 306-315-3925
Katey Makohoniuk, Division 4
PHNdivision4@sarm.ca or 306-594-7683
Chelsea Neuberger, Division 5
PHNdivision5@sarm.ca or 306-380-4526
Colleen Fennig, Division 6
PHNdivision6@sarm.ca or 306-946-9895