Sundre Forest Products outlines herbicide plans
Sundre Forest Products officials outlined their plans for herbicide spraying in the company forest management area over the next weeks during open houses in Sundre and Rocky Mountain House last week.
The company will be using the herbicide Vision Max to take care of competing species in competition with seedlings being planted as part of reforestation efforts.
The company is planting about five million seedlings this year and wants to make sure competing species near the seedlings don’t cause problems to the new conifer seedlings on the cutblocks.
“From time to time some of the conifer seedlings on cutblocks are unable to grow well enough to meet the government standards,” officials said. “Typically this is due to the closeness of competing species (hardwood trees) or because the seedlings are growing very slowly as they compete with other plants for nutrients, water and sunlight. Most often the competing species that pose the main problem are calamagrostisis Canadensis (a type of grass) and aspen.”
The company plans to use helicopters and some backpack sprayers to apply the herbicide over a total of 1,090 hectares this year.
All sites that are being treated with the herbicide will be well marked, with the signs removed 30 days after spraying.
Anyone with questions about the spraying program is being encouraged to call the Sundre Forest Products office at 403-638-3772 and ask to speak to Tom Daniels, forestry superintendent.