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Office holiday hours, REACT landfill hours

Office holiday hours

Thursday, December 24th – closed at 12pm

Friday, December 25th – closed

Monday, December 28th – closed

REACT Landfill hours

Hoodoo Landfill – CLOSED Saturday, December 26th

Wakaw Transfer site – Open Thursday, December 24th until 4:00pm

Have a great holiday season!!

Controlled burns

A reminder to please call in any controlled burns – 1-866-404-4911. Number is answered 24/7, 365 days a year.

You will need the land location where the burn will be located.

If the fire department is called out to a fire that was not called in as a controlled burn, the landowner will be invoiced for the call.

Solutions for protecting trees

We received the following potential solutions for protecting trees from beaver damage from a Senior Conservation Officer with the Government of Saskatchewan:

DIY TRUNK GUARDS

Place homemade tree guards around the trunk. The guards should be about three feet high and made of galvanized welded wire (2 x 2 or 2 x 3 inch is recommended). This material can be found in any large hardware or home improvement store, usually sold as fencing. Try not to use the lighter chicken wire, as it is generally too flimsy to provide good protection.

Finer-mesh screening – such as that used for windows as bug screen – is more expensive, but usable if welded wire is unavailable. It can be especially effective in protecting small (two- to six-inch-in-diameter) ornamental or specimen trees.

Guards may need to be pinned to the ground around larger trees, mulching within the guard to keep weeds at bay.

PAINT & SAND

The USDA has shown some success in protecting trees by painting their base with a mixtrue of coarse mason’s sand (30-70 mil) and exterior latex paint. (The ratio is twenty ounces of sand to one gallon of paint).

The abrasive quality of the mixture may deter beavers. The paint color can be matched to the tree so it will blend in.

BLOCKING TREES WITH FENCING

Because beavers are not good climbers, three- to four-foot-high fencing can also be a highly effective way to block their access to larger groves.

Check the fences frequently to make sure they are intact and that beavers haven’t pushed under them, especially where the fences cross established haul-outs, where beavers like to come from water to land.

An electrified wire strung approximately four inches off the ground can also prevent beaver from entering an area. This type of fence can be especially effective in a small garden or crop plot when set up to protect plants for a few weeks and taken down afterward.