Hiring an Arborist

Why Hire an Arborist?

Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. For many types of trees pruning is an important part of routine maintenance. With some training, homeowners can carry out the necessary pruning of many trees and shrubs. However, tree removal and pruning of large trees can be hazardous and is best done by a professional.

Contracting an Arborist for tree pruning and tree removal: Once a tree becomes too large to safely maintain yourself, the work should be carried out by an arborist.

Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

Services Arborists Provide

Pruning: An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees. Pruning techniques include removing limbs that:

  • Interfere with utilities or structures
  • Obstruct streets or sidewalks
  • Are dead, weak, or decayed and pose unacceptable risk
  • Are diseased or insect-infested
  • Have been damaged by storms
  • Will increase light penetration and reduce wind resistance within the canopy upon removal (thinning)

Other pruning techniques are used to maintain proper structure in young trees, improve tree shape or form, and reduce the likelihood of future damage during storm events.


Tree Removal: Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether a tree should be removed. Removal is recommended when the tree is:

  • Dead or dying
  • Considered an unacceptable risk
  • Causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning
  • Crowding and causing harm to other, more desirable trees to be replaced by a more suitable specimen
  • Located in an area where new construction requires removal

Emergency Tree Care: Storms may cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on other trees, structures, or cars. The weight of storm-damaged trees is great, and they can be dangerous to remove or trim. An arborist can assist in performing the job in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property.


Planting: Some arborists plant trees, and most can recommend species that are appropriate for a particular location. The wrong tree in the wrong location will lead to future problems as a result of limited growing space, insects, diseases, or poor growth.


Other Services: Many arborists also provide a variety of other tree care services, including:

  • Plant Health Care or preventive maintenance to keep trees in good health while reducing any insect, disease, or site problems
  • Fertilization and soil modification for improved tree health
  • Cabling or bracing for added support to branches with weak attachments
  • Soil aeration to improve root growth
  • Installation of lightning protection systems
  • Applications to manage certain insect and disease problems
  • Consulting and legal expert services relating to trees

Selecting the Right Arborist for the Job

When choosing an arborist, it pays to be an informed customer. The downloadable fact sheet below was designed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to help landowners select a qualified, certified arborist.

ISA Arborist Fact Sheet

ALUS Interest Form

Sustaining Agriculture, Wildlife and Natural Spaces

ALUS Canada makes it possible to offset your environmental footprint through agricultural stewardship. ALUS invests in farmers and ranchers who are producing acres of clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services in communities across Canada. Interested in learning more? Fill out the expression of interest form below to get started.

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What to Expect as a LSACFS Volunteer Firefighter

Being a Paid-on-Call Firefighter means that as a member of the LSACFS team, you receive monetary compensation for the hours you are part of an emergency response, as well as for other assigned duties by the Fire Station Officers. As a LSACFS Firefighter, the County will provide you with all the training necessary to meet requirements as per the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards that Lac Ste. Anne County adheres to.

Along with all the training – AT NO COST TO YOU – you will be provided with all the personal protective equipment needed to protect you while on any emergency scene – AT NO COST TO YOU. Join a dynamic and inspiring team of like-minded individuals who have the desire to help when help is needed, anytime, anywhere.

Our ASK of you, as a potential recruit, is BIG and we cannot hide this fact. From you we need commitment to being away from your family and private life for training, meetings, emergency responses every week. We ask that you live in the response area for the Fire Station you are part of. We ask that you confirm with your physician that the physical requirements of being a Firefighter are something that you are able to do. And, last but by no means least, we ask that you show pride in yourself for the selfless commitment you have in wanting to help – your community, your family, your friends and your neighbours, as well as the strangers you haven’t yet met.

In 2016, LSACFS Fire Stations have the potential to attend to well over 500 emergency calls as the call volume sits at over 350 calls as of August. These calls will range from motor vehicle collisions, medical assistance (as part of Alberta Health Services Medical First Response Program), structure fires, wildland/grass/brush fires, vehicle fires, alarm calls, and aid to the County’s area partner municipalities as well as to many other requests.

Rental Equipment

Easy Access to the Ag Equipment You Need

Lac Ste. Anne’s Agricultural Services department provides information, expertise and equipment to assist residents with a wide range of seasonal needs. From weed management and pest control to equipment rentals, we’ll get you growing in the right direction.

All agricultural rental equipment must be booked through the county office. GST applies to all rental rates, and all rates are subject to change without notice. If equipment is returned in acceptable condition, the damage deposit will be returned in full.

  Livestock Equipment Daily Rental Deposit
   Corral Panels (35 ea./10 ft. long)*  $30  $100
   Portable Loading Chute (c/w 10 panels)*  $30  $100
   Portable Scale*  $50  $100
   Portable Squeeze*  $40  $100
  *2 Inch Ball Hitch is required for towing this rental equipment.

All agricultural rental equipment must be booked through the county office. GST applies to all rental rates, and all rates are subject to change without notice. If equipment is returned in acceptable condition, the damage deposit will be returned in full.

  Sprayers Daily Rental Deposit
  Backpack for spot control of weeds (max. 2 weeks)  $5  $25
  Bran Bait Applicator (grasshopper control)  $10 per day  $100
  Meter Miser (for weed control on lawns)  $10 per day  $50
  Quad-Mounted Sprayer*
 $10 per day  $100
  *Quad-mounted Sprayer is a 25 gallon tank. It mounts on the back of an ATV or pickup and comes with spray gun; for control of small weed infestation.

All agricultural rental equipment must be booked through the county office. GST applies to all rental rates, and all rates are subject to change without notice. If equipment is returned in acceptable condition, the damage deposit will be returned in full.

For biosecurity reasons, Lac Ste. Anne County will no longer be offering traps and cages for rent.

All agricultural rental equipment must be booked through the county office. GST applies to all rental rates, and all rates are subject to change without notice. If equipment is returned in acceptable condition, the damage deposit will be returned in full.

  Miscellaneous Equipment Daily Rental Deposit
   Forage Probe  No Charge  No Charge
   Shock Chlorination Tank*  $10  $50
   Soil Mover (8.5 cu. yd. capacity)  $150  $500
   Tree Planter (for seedlings)**  $30  $250
   Mulch Applicator  No Charge  $100
   *Shock Chlorination Tank is 300 gallon plastic tank available for shock chlorination of water wells.
   **2 Inch Ball Hitch is required for towing this rental equipment.

 

Agricultural Services

Cultivating a Strong and Sustainable Future

Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Services encourages production, profitability and sustainability of the agriculture industry in Lac Ste. Anne County through information and program support. Direction for programming is provided by the Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Services Board.

Agricultural Services supports the development of diversified, competitive and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of the Lac Ste. Anne County region.

Animal Control

Promoting Protection, Awareness and Care of County Animals

Animal Control Bylaw #06-2015 is a Bylaw to regulate and provide the controls for Animals within the municipal boundaries of Lac Ste. Anne County. This Bylaw does not include Dogs, as they are covered under the Dog Control Bylaw #05-2015. Cats are not controlled within the County.

Dog Control Guidelines

Recently, Lac Ste. Anne County updated the Dog Control Bylaw #5-2015, which regulates dogs. The new bylaw outlines three distinct types of dogs: domestic dog (a tame dog relying on humans for survival); guard dog (a dog of any age used for security); and livestock service dog (a dog of any age used to protect livestock from predators).

Only three domestic dogs are allowed per property. Livestock service dogs are not included in that number. More than three dogs (as in a kennel or boarding facility) requires a development permit.

Whether on your own property or not, your dog is not allowed to be a nuisance to any resident. By definition, nuisance includes waste and disposal of waste, trespass on another property, a threat to public safety or noise. Your dog is not allowed to howl, bark or yelp excessively or in any manner that unreasonably interferes with the use and/or enjoyment of any property.

If any dog, while off the owner’s property and whether or not on a leash, attacks a person or another animal, or chases or challenges a person, it can be deemed vicious. Animal Enforcement Officers may use any legal means to capture and restrain a vicious dog.

Dogs apprehended by Lac Ste. Anne County officers are taken to the County kennel facility in Darwell, at 54226 Highway 765, where they are held.

In Focus: Farm Forum October 31

In Focus Farm Forum 2017Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Services and co-hosts County of Barrhead and Barrhed Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the first annual Prairies North Farm Forum on Tuesday, October 31 at the Seniors' Drop-in Centre in Barrhead.

Some exceptional speakers will be present at this inaugural event, where attendees will learn about improving soil fertility, better financing options for ag operations, current and future farm innovations, managing for forages in drought, and...

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Agricultural Services Resources

  • Predator & Wild Animal Control

    Get the latest information and resources related to assessment and appraisal practices for all properties within the County.

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  • Alternative Land Use Services

    The County seeks agricultural producers to participate in our Alternative Land Use Services Program which helps sustain agriculture, wildlife, and natural spaces for the benefit of both landowners and the environment.

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  • Awards & Bursaries

    A number of bursary and award programs are offered each year to encourage producers to pursue further educational opportunities, and to enhance the ability of young people to make meaningful contributions to the agricultural community.

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Choose from the Following Agricultural Services

Rental Equipment

Lac Ste. Anne County offers numerous pieces of agricultural equipment and products for rent, from pest traps to pasture sprayers and much more.

Weed & Pest Control

Lac Ste. Anne County implements a spectrum of integrated pest management systems to control and eradicate noxious and prohibited noxious weeds.

Reference Library

Explore the County's frequently updated informational resource for farming, ranching and all things agriculture.

Agricultural Services Board

The County aims to maintain healthy populations of wildlife while controlling those species known to cause disturbance for residents.

About the County

Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 13, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Edmonton. The County's administrative office is located at 56521 Range Road 65. Its namesake comes from its largest body of water, Lac Ste. Anne.

Contact Information

  Box 219, Sangudo AB T0E 2A0
 lsac (@) lsac.ca
 1-866-880-5722
 (780) 785-3411
 (780) 785-2359