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Notice to Grain Producers in the
R.M. of Spiritwood #496

Currently Plant Health Officers are conducting intensive clubroot surveys in the RM of Spiritwood #496. The fields are being randomly selected with one field located in each township throughout the survey area. In each field, soil samples are being collected for DNA testing to detect if the clubroot pathogen is present. Plants are also being uprooted to examine for clubroot galls on the roots. The survey is being conducted by trained surveyors (PHOs and Ministry of Agriculture staff), with a full biosecurity protocol being implemented at each survey location. The sample collection and survey protocol are being developed and overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Clubroot has been detected in the RM of Spiritwood and Council is asking producers to be proactive by scouting your canola fields for signs of contamination.

Contact crop specialists at Cavalier Agrow, Nutrien or Lakeland Co-op for further information on clubroot, what to look for and how to control any contaminated areas.

Additional information can be found on the Clubroot Management Plan - Publications Saskatchewan website at

Grain Bag Recycling

Did you know? Grain bag recycling is now available in the RM of Spiritwood.
Rolled grain bags can be dropped off, free of charge, at the Collection Site located in the Town of Spiritwood Landfill during the hours below:

Summer Landfill Hours:
(April through September)
Wednesdays5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturdays9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Winter Hours
The first & third Saturday of every month form 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please note that grain bags must be rolled and secured with twine prior to drop off. This will ensure a smooth drop off process, keeps contamination to a minimum and maximizes the recyclability of the material.

Visit to learn more about how to properly prepare your grain bags for recycling and more news about this program.

Land For Sale By Public Tender – RM of Spiritwood No. 496

Sealed tenders addressed to the RM of Spiritwood No. 496 Box 340, Spiritwood, Sk. S0J 2M0, and plainly marked on the envelope “Tender for Purchase of Property Under the Tax Enforcement Act” will be received until 4:00 p.m. CST, on Friday April 6th, 2018, for the following properties:

LEGAL DESCRIPTION:Lot 3 Blk/Par 1 Plan AN4170 Ext 0
Lot 4 Blk/Par 1 Plan AN4170 Ext 0
Lot 8 Blk/Par 1 Plan AN4170 Ext 0
Lot 9 Blk/Par 1 Plan AN4170 Ext 0
Lot 10 Blk/Par 1 Plan AN4170
Lot 11 Blk/Par 1 Plan AN4170
Lot 12 Blk/Par 1 Plan AN4170
Lot 14 Blk/Par 1 Plan AN4170 Ext 0
Lot 6 Blk/Par 2 Plan AN4170 Ext 0
Lot 14 Blk/Par 2 Plan AN4170 Ext 2
Lot 15 Blk/Par 2 Plan AN4170 Ext 0
Blk/Par 5 Plan 101651622 Ext 4

Bids must be accompanied by a certified cheque or bank draft payable to the RM of Spiritwood No. 496 for 10% of the tendered price, and must be submitted on a tender bid form.

The deposit cheques received from unsuccessful bidders will be destroyed. All bids are irrevocable for a period of 14 days from tender closing date. All tenders become the property of the RM of Spiritwood No. 496 until such time as a tender is awarded or rejected. Bids must be determined independently from any other bidder or potential bidder. If, in the opinion of the municipality, there is any appearance that a bidder has consulted another bidder or potential bidder regarding: (a) prices; (b) methods, factors or formulas to calculate prices; (c) the intention or decision to submit, or not submit, a bid; or (d) any other indication of collusion regarding bid prices; the municipality may, in its discretion, take any action it considers appropriate including rejecting any bid or disqualifying any bidder from bidding on this tender or another tender. No multiple bids for a single property will be accepted. No conditional bids will be accepted. In accordance with the Tax Enforcement Act, bidders who are either a councillor or an official with the RM of Spiritwood No. 496 must identify on the front of the sealed bid that they are employed by the municipality.

Sale Agreement

The successful bidder must enter into a Sale Agreement within 30 days of notification of award of tender.

Representations, Warranties and Environmental Condition

The property is being sold “as is”. There are no representations or warranties expressed or implied, as to fitness of the land for any particular purpose.


Services are not included in the tender price and are the responsibility of the successful bidder.


The following outlines the conditions for possession:

1. A certified cheque, bank draft or solicitor’s trust cheque for the balance of the purchase price + GST.
2. A written statement acknowledging acceptance of the environmental condition of the property. 3. Completion of the Sale Agreement. The purchaser must provide the ISC client information to register the Transfer Authorization on his/her behalf. The RM of Spiritwood No. 496 will proceed with transfer of titles upon receipt of the balance of the purchase price. Property taxes will be adjusted as per the possession date. The purchaser is responsible for fees of Title Transfer.

Bidders are advised to consult with the municipality as to permissible uses and other details regarding future development.


There will be no exceptions as to the conditions of this tender. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Please consult our office or the website prior to the tender closing date for any amendments.

Please contact the municipal office at 306-883-2034 or email for a tender bid form, map and/or additional tender information.

Recycling Changes

View PDF here

Post-consumer plastic film ( plastic bags, cellophane wrapping/packaging, etc.) have been eliminated from the recycling program.

Please discontinue placing these materials in the recycling bins.

Thank you for your assistance.

RM of Spiritwood No. 496 - Controlled Burn Management

With the warmer weather finally upon us, you may need to burn grass, bush piles or stubble. Please be sure you are well-prepared and that you have fire guards in place. These “controlled burns” should also be reported, to avoid dispatching firefighters unnecessarily.

Any person who starts a fire is responsible for all suppression costs and possible liability from damage caused by the fire. If you do decide to burn, choose to do so under conditions that minimize health and safety risks.

Report a controlled burn anywhere in the province.

  • Call 1-866-404-4911

The number is answered 24/7 - 365 days.

Questions you will be asked:

  • What is your land location?
  • What is your RM number?
  • Who is your Fire Service Provider?
  • What are the location details?
  • What are you burning?
  • How long will your burn last?
  • Your name and phone number.

You will be asked to call back, once the burn has been completed.

If you plan to burn in or within 4.5 kilometres of the provincial forest during the wildfire season (April 1 to October 31), you may also need a burn notification number. These are available from the Ministry of Environment’s Wildfire Management Forest Protection Offices.

Bridge Closure – Public Notice

Please be advised, the bridge located on the old highway west of the Town of Spiritwood is no longer safe for public use and will be closed.

Public safety concerns & liability issues are first & foremost, therefore, Council for the RM of Spiritwood No. 496 has made the difficult decision to close the road. The bridge structure will be removed at a later date.

Please use the alternate access route via Hwy #3. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you.
Colette Bussiere, Administrator
RM of Spiritwood No. 496

2017 Shelterbelt Program Launch

The 2017 Shelterbelt Program has produced and harvested a second year of 600,000 container root tree seedlings for the 2017 program.

You can download the form here.

Type of Trees

100% of the trees provided for the 2017 program are container root trees produced at HELP nurseries at Weyburn or in the case of evergreens, in partnership with other nurseries.

2017 Program Roll-Out Saturday, Nov 25, 2016

Beginning Friday, November 25, HELP will be taking application for trees. As per promise, the HELP subsidized rate of $1.50 per seedling for shelterbelt quantities of 300 trees or more combining all varieties ordered continues the same for the fourth year. Price is $2.50 per seedling for global orders less than 300 seedlings. HELP will not consider orders less than 50 trees global order.

Any order of 50 trees or more is considered a shelterbelt program. So this is the simple method HELP is using to allow farms, schools, towns, and environmental organizations to qualify. Shipping is by bus and on a date chosen by the buyer. Shipping cost is 16 cents per regular seedling anywhere in Western Canada.

Early Bird Discounts

HELP is offering a 6% discount for November tree purchases and 5% discount for December purchases and decreasing discount with each new month.

Methods of Ordering

There are several ways of ordering trees:

  • Purchase on line at and click on "Store". This is the easiest way.
  • Download an application form which can be manually filled out and faxed, emailed or mailed to HELP with a cheque payment or credit card information for payment.
  • Make a telephone order by calling HELP at 306-842-2433

Varieties of Trees

In this second year of utilizing 100% HELP produced trees, HELP focused on keeping up to its 600,000 tree stocks of the fastest growing hybrid poplar and willow varieties. These included:
Hybrid Poplars: Walker, Okanese and Assiniboine.
Willow Varieties: Golden, Silver leaf and Pussy Willow.

Basic Shelterbelt Design

These varieties, properly planned can create the quickest possible shelterbelt. A simple effective four row shelterbelt for a 500 meter long shelterbelt might be:

Basic Shelterbelt Design

These varieties, properly planned can create the quickest possible shelterbelt. A simple effective four row shelterbelt for a 500 meter long shelterbelt might be:

Outside Row: Mixed Willow (200 Golden Willow or Silverleaf Willow ) planted at 2.5 meter spacing.
2nd Row: 200 Walker Poplar with trees planted at 2.5 meter (8 foot) spacing.
Inside Row: 200 Okanese of Assiniboine Poplar planted at 2.5 meter spacing.

Total Trees Required for Above 500 meter Shelterbelt Program: 800 Tree Seedlings

Total Cost for Tree Seedlings for this 500 meter x Four Row Program:

800 regular size seedlings @ $1.50 = $1,200
6% discount for November Purchase: - $76
Sub-Total: $1,128

Packaging and Shipping: 800 Seedlings @ $0.14 = $112
New Sub-Total: $1,240
GST: $62
PST: $62
Total for Sask Residents: $1,364

(for 800 trees on four rows of 500 meters each)
For the above four row shelterbelt program at four meter spacing between rows, the landowner would have fine till to six inch depth like a garden, 50 foot width x 500 meters long around the property.

For the above four row shelterbelt program at four meter spacing between rows, the landowner would have fine till to six inch depth like a garden, 50 foot width x 500 meters long around the property.

Explanation for Above Shelterbelt Design

Willow used for outside row as willow spreads much more than poplar so requires to be on the outside or inside row.

Walker Poplar is shaped like a Christmas tree with broadest branches against the ground making the Walker the only poplar with capacity to stop ground winds and snow drifting similar to the function of brush varieties.

Okanese or Assiniboine Poplar is suggested for inside row as these are considered more aesthetically pleasing. Both are male clones. Both have branches that start a bit up the trunk allowing one to mow grass right up against the trunk.

Tree Awards for 2016 Tree Production

HELP recognizes its Golden Willow and Acute Willow Varieties as the ones which, in the nursery, grew the fastest and are the largest of all our tree varieties. HELP research shows that if willows are planted to a depth of seven to ten inches they will withstand dry conditions much more successfully in the year of establishment. Plant deep!

Feral Wild Boar Control Program

The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) will now administer the Feral Wild Boar Control Program. As you may be aware this program was previously administered by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM); however, it has been transferred to SCIC to accompany the wildlife damage compensation and prevention programming available to Saskatchewan producers.

The function of the Feral Wild Boar Control Program is not changing and will still involve the coordination of qualified teams of hunters and trappers to investigate sightings and take appropriate action to deal with problem animals. SCIC’s role is to be the first point of contact when producers and land owners have sightings of wild boar and to determine and coordinate the appropriate response.


Please be advised that the following main farm access road that borders S ½ 02-53-12-W3 & N ½ 35-52-12-W3 (Beuker Rd) will be temporarily closed due to the increased water levels of Twin Lakes. Exact dates of closure are not known at this time. Please contact the municipal office at 883-2034 prior to travelling in the area.

Local traffic only. No through traffic will be possible.