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Looking After High River's Trees & Natural Spaces

The Parks Department is responsible for all maintenance of trees and natural areas in High River


Maintenance of trees and natural areas includes annual tree planting, irrigation, pruning, pest management (weeds, rodents, black knot), watering, fertilizing and removal or replacement of aging poplars.

All maintenance is in accordance with the Town’s Tree Protection Bylaw and Policy as well asUrban Forest Standards.

The supplementary Tree Protection Policy is intended to provide a framework for managing and maintaining trees on Town property.

Our Parks staff are also the people who make sure the Town is adorned with beautiful floral displays from spring to fall!

High River’s Beautiful Natural Setting

Between the Prairies and the Rocky Mountains, High River is the back door to the popular Kananaskis area. With the Highwood River running through town, residents enjoy natural ecosystems on their doorsteps.

Green Spaces Access Permit

Need access through one of the Town’s greenspaces? Please be sure to get a Parks and Green Spaces Access Permit if you need vehicle or other access to parks, boulevards and green spaces for moving, construction, parking or other activities.

Unauthorized access includes driving, parking or encroaching on rights of way, boulevards, parks and green spaces for the purpose of moving, construction, parking, or any other activity using a vehicle or piece of equipment. If damage occurs, the damaged area must be returned to pre-existing conditions and to the satisfaction of the Town of High River. Contact the Parks & Recreation department for more information.

Naturalization of Parks

Naturalization is simply an alternative to high maintenance landscapes. It allows native plants into areas that are not mowed, and can evolve naturally or be planted. The whole idea is becoming more popular worldwide, due to economic restraints and a desire to do what is right for the environment.

What are the advantages?

  • Economics: Less turf maintenance and mowing reduce costs
  • Environmental benefits: Reintroduction of native plants helps re-establish wildlife populations, increases natural growth, and improves overall air quality
  • Aesthetics: Creates attractive, natural areas, within an urban zone.
  • Slope stabilization and filtering runoff

Not all sites are suited for naturalization. Areas where sports are played or playgrounds are located are not acceptable, but the fringe areas besides these sites may work.

Roadways are an excellent example of manicured areas where naturalization could be applied to reduce mowing and maintenance.

Weeds can initially be an issue when you passively start allowing these areas to become naturalized, but they typically only have to be eradicated for the first two years. Once the native material is established this is no longer an issue.

Naturalization can significantly reduce maintenance costs for communities while offering a beautiful, responsible alternative to manicured areas.

What areas have been naturalized

Natural areas in High River can be found along Coal Trail in the north west, the edges of George Lane Park, and along the river pathways. They can also be found in Stang Park, around Sunshine Lake, Vista Mirage and Highwood Lake.

Weeds, Pests and Diseases

The Town of High River uses an Integrated Pest Management system to control weeds and pests throughout the community. This is a decision-making model used to prevent and manage pest problems using a variety of methods to manage infestations.

Click on the information below to learn more about weeds, pests and diseases.