Selkirk Weed Control District – submitted by Gary Naurocki

The Selkirk Weed District is responsible for administering a weed control program within the Municipalities of St. Andrews and St. Clements and the City of Selkirk and Town of Winnipeg Beach. It is one of 30 Weed Districts in Manitoba. With a population of over 34,000 residents, our area contains one of the most highly populated, subdivided, and diverse districts in the entire province. As such, we have one of the most developed regulatory and service programs.

The goal of the Selkirk Weed Control District is to achieve acceptable weed control on all properties within the District by promoting efficient weed control practices to agricultural producers, urban homeowners, and other landowners; to identify and initiate control procedures on weedy land; to spot and control new or especially troublesome weeds before they become established; and to promote the safe use of pesticides. Other objectives include the control of brush and other undesirable vegetation (ie. cattails) on selected municipal right of ways; to control the Dutch Elm Bark Beetle within the City of Selkirk and South St Andrews for controlling Dutch Elm disease; to control mosquito larva in Petersfield, Clandeboye, Winnipeg Beach, South St Andrews and Dunnottar under Manitoba Healths West Nile Virus program; and to provide municipal assistance to the Grasshopper Control Program in times of outbreak. The district has established and coordinates programs that address these goals.