The Clearwater County Agricultural Services Board is the voice of agriculture to Council, responding to issues of local, provincial, national and international interest. Through the Clearwater County Agricultural Services Department:
We provide programs and services dedicated to the well-being of the agricultural community
We focus on preserving and protecting agricultural and environmental resources.
We administer agricultural and environmental legislation pursuant to the Agriculture Service Board Act.
Clearwater County is a thriving community with a variety of agricultural operations all given full opportunity to be sustainable and to co-exist in a well-balanced rural community.
Clearwater County Agricultural Service Board provides high quality services to the community ensuring the protection of our natural capital, quality of life, and traveling public.
Integrity – We support local research and provide reliable, objective information.
Partnership – We connect with local, provincial and national resources.
Accountability – We achieve our mission in a transparent and efficient manner.
Commitment – We are approachable and follow through on requests.
Representation – Our focus is on what is best for the whole.
The Board is comprised of two councilors, five appointed Farmer Members at Large and an alternate. A Farmer Member’s term is 4 years, which may be extended for a second term. The ASB also appoints members from the Board and community to serve on subcommittees of the Board. The structure of the Board is in compliance with the structure options laid out in the Agricultural Service Board Act.
Provincial Agricultural Service Board Act and Regulation
This Act sets out the framework for the establishment of Agricultural Services Board (ASB) by the council of a municipal district or specialized municipality. ASB activities include: soil and water conservation; providing for weed and pest control; assisting in the control of animal diseases; encouraging sustainable agriculture to improve the economic viability of producers; and promoting agricultural policies that meet the needs of the municipality. The Minister may enter into agreements with ASBs in order to provide funding for the mentioned activities. Additionally, advisory committees may be established for these purposes and agricultural fieldmen may be appointed in order to help carry out operational functions.
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Todays fire rating is Low
Current Fire Rating:Low
Due to the recent increase in local fire hazard a fire advisory is in effect for all of Clearwater County.
If you are outside of the Forest Protection Area (FPA) and planning to light a brush pile, be sure to complete a burn notification form at www.crfrs.ca and we request you use caution if burning while the advisory is in effect.
The following applies to those within the Rocky Mountain House Forest Protection Area (FPA):
Under this advisory:
All existing and new fire permits are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis for any additional burning activity restriction.
Some burning exceptions may take place with forest officer approval.
Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited.
Safe wood campfires *
Backyard fire pits
Portable propane fire pits
Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring. They are required to:
be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire;
have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving; and
have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land campgrounds and private land recreation areas.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Click here for an overall map of the Forest Protection Area within Clearwater County.