V.S.I. Services

Helping Producers Meet their Veterinary Needs

Veterinary Services Incorporated (V.S.I.) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping approved MD residents with professional veterinary services. V.S.I. has entered into agreements with regional vets to provide a number of veterinary services to the MD at reduced rates. These rates are offset by funds from the MD. A producer of livestock who wishes to participate in this program must enter into a V.S.I. agreement with the MD, at which time the MD will issue a V.S.I. number unique to that individual. Please contact the Agricultural Services department for more details.

For more information about the V.S.I. Program, please call Agricultural Services at 780.681.3929 or toll-free at 1.866.681.3929.

Schedule "A" 60/40 Effective January 1, 2019

Until this Tariff is amended and subject to the terms and conditions of the year 2019 contract, VSI Services (1980) Ltd. will pay the listed VSI fee charged by the veterinarian for the services stated within the downloadabme PDF below. All other charges levied in association with the service(s) being claimed must be shown on the invoice.

  • Click here to download the current V.S.I. fee schedule

  • Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

    The Lesser Slave Lake and the river were the main links to the Peace River district until the beginning of the 20th century, when the construction of the Northern Alberta Railway facilitated transportation in the area. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
    Legendary Lesser Slave River

Plant Smart

Know What You Grow. Be Plant Smart.

Not all that's green is good. Invasive plants grow and reproduce quickly, spread aggressively and reduce biodiversity. They out-compete native plants and destroy our community’s beautiful natural habitat. Since weeds do not adhere to our borders or fence lines, it’s up to us to help stop the introduction and spread of invasive plants that can be harmful to people, animals and ecosystems.

If you think you see an invasive plant on your property or in your community, please notify the Rural Services office at 780.681.3929 or toll-free at 1.866.681.3929. We’ll help you identify any plants you’re unsure of and assist you with advice on their safe removal from your property.


Prevention is best...

  • Know what you grow by doing your research and learning what invasive plants look like and which control methods work best.
  • Inspect your property regularly to detect new invaders and respond quickly and efficiently.
  • Stop weeds before they go to seed and dispose of them carefully to avoid accidentally spreading them.
  • Remove hitchhiking weeds from the undercarriage of vehicles to reduce the spread to uninfected areas.
  • Keep a healthy lawn as it can overpower most weeds. Provide the best conditions possible for the growth of desirable plants.
  • Be cautious of wildflower and mail order seed mixes and be sure all species listed are non-invasive.
  • Do not collect plants from roadsides or natural areas.
  • Protect bare or disturbed ground where weed seeds can thrive. Cover open spaces with mulches or ground covers.
  • Be plant smart and share your knowledge with a neighbour.

Noxious and Prohibited Noxious Weeds

Under the Alberta Weed Control Act, all landowners are responsible for controlling noxious weeds and destroying prohibited noxious weeds on their property. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our beautiful, natural environment free of invasive weeds.

Canada Thistle
Cirsium arvense
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Perennial Sow Thistle
Sonchus arvensis
View the Perennial Sow Thistle Profile

Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria
View the Purple Loosestrife Profile

Common Tansy
Tanacetum vulgare
View the Common Tansy Profile

Linaria vulgaris
View the Toadflax Profile

Leafy Spurge
Euphorbia esula
View the Leafy Spurge Profile

White Cockle
Lychnis alba
View the White Cockle Profile

Wild Caraway
Carum carvi
View the Wild Caraway Profile

Field Scabious
Knautia arvensis
View the Field Scabious Profile

Tall Buttercup
Ranunculus acris
View the Tall Buttercup Profile

Yellow Clematis
Clematis tangutica
View the Yellow Clematis Profile

Himalayan Balsam
Impatiens glandulifera
View the Himalayan Balsam Profile

Scentless Chamomile
Matricaria perforata
View the Scentless Chamomile Profile

Orange Hawkweed
Hieracium aurantiacum
View the Orange Hawkweed Profile

Oxeye Daisy
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
View the Oxeye Daisy Profile

Black Henbane
Hyoscyamus niger
View the Black Henbane Profile

Hound's Tongue
Cynoglossum officinale
View the Hound's Tongue Profile

Dames' Rocket
Hesperis matronalis
View the Dames' Rocket Profile

Pale Yellow Iris
Iris pseudacorus L.
View the Pale Yellow Iris Profile


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Pest Control

Developing strategies for the correct diagnosis and treatment of crop diseases.

Agricultural Services manages pests and diseases that could have a negative impact on agriculture and farming operations within the Municipal District. Initiatives include:

Pest and disease inspecting

Yearly monitoring of insect populations to identify population cycles that may affect crop yields and monitoring of crops to identify diseases, such as Fusarium graminearum, Blackleg, root rot and Clubroot.


Clubroot of Canola is a fungus that causes large galls to form on the roots, which then restrict the transport of water and nutrients to the above ground parts of the plant.
The spores of clubroot can stay alive in the soil for up to 20 years and can be transported with any amount of soil that is moved.

Coyote News

Coyote Predation Management

Coyote predation management is administered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, in partnership with local Agricultural Service Boards, in the agricultural areas of the province. In accordance with the Agricultural Pests Act, the Agricultural Fieldman is empowered to assist landowners to protect their livestock from coyote predation. The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River accomplishes this through:



  • Maintaining and administering a Coyote Predation Management Policy
  • Extension and education on avoiding wildlife conflict through the use of best management practices
  • Issuance of approved coyote control devices and materials

Wildlife Predation Compensation Program

The predator compensation program provides compensation to producers whose livestock are killed or injured by wildlife predators. Compensation is only available for predation of cattle, bison, sheep, swine, and goats, and only if the attacking predator is determined to be a bear, wolf, eagle, or cougar. This program is administered by Fish and Wildlife, not the local municipality. If a producer suspects any of the above species are the culprit, they are encouraged to contact the local Fish and Wildlife office.

When the predated carcass is found, it is crucial to preserve the evidence. Protect the carcass from scavengers and take clear pictures of the evidence (bite marks, wounds, etc.). Even if there is not sufficient evidence to receive compensation, it is still imperative to report the incident. Changes to programming and policy cannot be made if there is no record of an issue!

 Dutch Elm Disease PreventionDutch Elm

Dutch elm disease (DED) is a deadly disease that can affect any elm tree. Alberta has been fortunate to remain DED free for many years. However, landowners are still encouraged to be on the lookout for signs of DED on their properties. The tips below are designed to help landowners detect, control and prevent any possible DED outbreaks on their property.

Landowners are encouraged to follow the Dutch Elm Disease prevention and control measures listed below. To report a DED suspect elm tree or for more information, call the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) hotline at 1.877.837.ELMS or check out the website at www.stopded.org.

Elm Pruning Ban

Pruning ban period means the period commencing on April 1 and ending on September 30 of the same year.

Elm bark beetles (EBB), the vectors of DED, are active between these dates and can be attracted to the scent of fresh tree cuts, possibly infecting a healthy tree.

Elm Preventive Pruning and Removal

Pruning elms can only be carried out commencing October 1 to March 31 the same year. Elm trees can be removed any time of the year. (see 4. below)

Preventive pruning or tree removal is essential to eliminate breeding material for the elm bark beetles (EBB). Preventive pruning is the systematic removal of dead, damaged, or diseased other than from DED branches from healthy elm trees. If a tree is dead or dying it should be removed. All elm wood must be properly disposed. (See 4. and 5. Below) Keeping elms well-maintained will aid in the control of DED.

Improper pruning techniques and tree topping can weaken the elm tree, creating a hazard and increase the risk of attracting EBBs. To avoid spreading DED, all equipment must be sterilized before pruning a different elm tree. To sterilize your tools, use methyl hydrate, a 25% solution of bleach and water, or a 70% concentrate of rubbing alcohol. Note that bleach can rust iron-based tools.

DED Confirmation

Before any DED suspect tree is removed, the presence of the Dutch elm disease fungus must be confirmed. All DED suspect elm trees must be sampled properly and the samples sent to a lab approved by the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for confirmation testing. Suspect DED samples are tested at no cost to sender. Suspect DED sample instructions can be found on www.stopded.org and click on “Sampling Procedures”. Call the STOPDED hotline at 1-877-837-3567 for more instructions.

Elm Tree Removal

An elm tree can be removed at any time of the year as long as it is immediately disposed. (See 5. below) Elm tree removal means to remove the trunk and all other parts of a tree including the stump

When an elm tree has tested positive for DED, the tree must be removed immediately and properly disposed. (See 5. below.) The stump must also be properly treated. (See 7. below) Prompt removal of infected trees is an imperative first step in slowing down the spread of DED. To eliminate EBB breeding material, remove all dead and dying elm trees regardless of the reason for their poor condition.

Elm Wood Disposal

Elm wood cannot be stored, or transported unless in route to the closest elm wood disposal site. All elm wood must be properly disposed of immediately by either burning of or burying to a minimum depth of 25 cm. If elm wood is uninfected with DED, another option is chipping. (see 6. below) Immediate disposal of the elm wood ensures the destruction of overwintering beetle larval broods and adults and eliminates EEB breeding material. Every municipality must designate a disposal site where elm wood may be burned or buried.

Elm Chipping

If an elm tree is diagnosed with DED, all wood must be burned or buried. It cannot be chipped. Elm wood not infected with DED may be chipped into pieces not more than 5 cm. Larger elm wood chips can harbor the vector. Chips must be destroyed or stock pile for at least one year before using them in a landscape setting. Elm wood chips give off an odor that will attract the vector, therefore must only be used on trails, shrub beds and as animal bedding in areas where elm trees are not growing nearby.

Elm Stump Treatment

All elm stump must be properly destroyed. A freshly cut stump with the bark still intact, gives off the same scent of a dead or dying tree. The remaining stump from a DED infected tree can also produce infected shoots. Remove the stump to a minimum depth of 10 cm below the soil line and fill the hole with soil or treat the elm tree stump in a manner satisfactory to an inspector.

Hazard Tree

Hazard elm tree is defined as a stressed tree that has deteriorated to the point of making it capable of supporting elm bark beetle habitation and breeding. There are many reasons why a tree may become a hazard such as environmental causes or improper pruning such as topping. If an inspector has declared an elm tree to be a hazard, the tree must be removed and properly disposed of. (see 4. and 5. above)

Dangerous Branch or Whole Tree

Dangerous is defined as a branch or a whole tree that could negatively affect human safety or cause property damage. In the event an elm branch is damaged making it dangerous during the elm pruning ban, corrective pruning can only be done to the dangerous branch with inspector approval. A dangerous tree can be removed at any time of the year without inspector approval. (see 4. above) A dangerous tree is only a concern to DED prevention/control if it becomes a hazard. (8. above) All elm material must be properly disposed of. (see 5. above)

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

By the 1930s there was substantial activity in the Chisholm, Smith and Sawridge areas. Logging trains brought heavy shipments of logs to the sawmill in Chisholm, providing many jobs for newcomers to the area. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River



Weed & Vegetation

Weed Control Partnership Program

The MD has developed a Weed Control Partnership Program for the destruction of prohibited noxious weeds and the control of noxious weeds on rangeland, pasture land, hay land, fence lines, rough turf and other non-crop areas. The MD partners with landholders to provide extension on weed control measures and will further provide a rebate to landowners who destroy prohibited noxious weeds and control noxious weeds and on their permanent cover lands.

For more information about the Weed Control Partnership Program, rebates, and herbicide purchases, please call Agricultural Services at 780.681.3929 or toll-free at 1.866.681.3929.


Custom Spraying

The MD Agricultural Service Board has the necessary equipment, specialized herbicides and certified applicators to remove noxious weeds from infested lands.

Please call Agricultural Services at 780.681.3929 or toll-free at 1.866.681.3929 to make arrangements for a spraying estimate.

The custom spraying service is limited to the following:

  • Agricultural land only (ex: fencelines pastures & crop land)
  • Noxious weeds only (ie: Tansy, Tall Buttercup, Canada Thistle, etc.)
  • Spot applications of ¼ acre or smaller only
  • Must sign a "Permission to Enter Upon Lands to Control Vegetation" agreement
  • $50/hour labor plus herbicide at cost with a minimum $50 charge applied.

Integrated Pest Management

The use of herbicides, mowing, and weed picking to manage agricultural pests. Lesser Slave River employs two weed inspectors who conduct random inspections and investigate complaints. Weed inspectors have the authority to enter private property without landowner permission in order to conduct inspections.

Roadside Spraying: The Municipal District conducts its Vegetation Management Program on municipally-owned road allowances for the destruction of prohibited noxious weeds, the control of noxious weeds and the control of woody species by application of herbicides from June through to October.

Any landholder that does not want herbicide treatment on the municipally owned road allowance(s) that are located adjacent to their property, can enter into an “Exemption from Municipal Road Allowance Herbicide Application Agreement”. Once entered into the agreement, the landholder assumes the responsibility of prohibited noxious and noxious weed control and woody species control on the road allowance.

Weed Inspections: Each municipality is required by provincial statutes or municipal by-laws to enforce the control of noxious and prohibited noxious weeds within their boundaries. The MD of Lesser Slave River No. 124 hires two weed inspectors and a licensed herbicide applicator to control the weed populations throughout the municipality. During the summer, weed inspectors patrol the municipality ensuring that landowners are effectively controlling weeds on the property. Those that do not comply with the Weed Control Act (Link) within the specified time will be issued a notification letter. If landowners do not comply with the Weed Control Act within the specified time, Agriculture Services may take action at the cost of the landowner.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River


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Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

In 1899 the historic Treaty 8 was signed on the banks of the Lake, by the original seven signatories, one being the Sawridge First Nation. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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