Due to the extended hot and dry forecast, the County has upgraded the current Fire Restriction to a complete Fire Ban effective immediately. This ban applies to that part of the County outside the Forest Protection Area. The ban reads as follows:
Athabasca County has upgraded the existing Fire Restriction to a FIRE BAN for the area of the County outside of the Forest Protection Area effective immediately.
The fire ban prohibits all open fires including recreational fire pits, burn barrels, fireworks, exploding targets and charcoal barbeques. All existing fire permits continue to be suspended and any fires presently burning must be extinguished. No new permits will be issued. Gas or propane fired appliances for cooking and warming purposes are permitted.
The ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Athabasca County urges everyone to use caution when working or driving in grassy areas and be mindful of debris collecting on hot exhaust which could result in the ignition of a fire.
Information can also be found on the County website www.athabascacounty.comFor information on fire ban status within the Forest Protection Area www.albertafirebans.ca
The 30th Annual Island Lake Days will be held on July 6 - 8, 2018.
We are always looking for people to help us put on this amazing community event. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Chad Newton at 780-909-2423.
More info to follow as date get closer!!!
Councilor Binder attended the “Beavers in our Landscape” info session hosted by Athabasca County on February 8/18.
Here are some interesting highlights to be shared with the residents:
1- Beavers can live up to (16) years in the wild.
2- One out of every three will not survive during dispersal.
3- Aspen and willow are the mainstays of their daily diet but beavers will use a variety of tree and shrub species depending on availability.
4- Beavers prefer to use trees within 30 m of water and smaller trees and shrubs (5-10 cm in diameter) are selected first.
5- Fences can protect young trees, often the most targeted age classes of woody vegetation.
6- Wire mesh keeps beaver from cutting down bigger trees.
7- Effective protection requires thick wire mesh (mesh size 2.5 cm) and wrapping the tree trunk a minimum of 1.2 m high. Leave room for the tree to grow.
8- The most effective repellent seems to be a simple recipe of six cups of coarse sand mixed in a gallon of indoor latex paint and brushed onto tree trunks. The mixture has to be reapplied periodically.
9- Some have suggested use of chemical repellents, a combination of creosote and diesel fuel, trinitrobenzene-aniline (rodent repellent) or mothballs. All of these would be dangerous to use so close to water plus none have been shown to be effective deterrents.
10-A great resource for further information is the Cows and Fish - Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (www.cowsandfish.org)
Please note that bullets 1-9 were quoted/gleaned from a publication titled “Caring for the Green Zone: Beaver Our Watershed Partner” by Lorne Fitch P. Biol. 2016
Are you familiar with the details of the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Helmet Law? This law, effective May 15, 2017, pertains to ATVs, low pressure tire vehicles, motorcycles and related 2-wheel vehicles, amphibious vehicles, utility terrain vehicles, miniature motor vehicles, snow vehicles, minibikes, snowmobiles, snow bikes, dirt bikes, side-by-sides and other means of motorized transport intended for cross-country travel.
If you aren't aware of the penalties and requirements under this new law, please click here to read up ...
Jul 6 2018 - Jul 8 2018
More event to follow as the date gets closer.