Weed warriors Lori and Troy Zaumseil, the force behind the movement that got everyone focusing on invasive weeds in Alaska sent out this email today:
Troy and I wanted to let everyone know that after much consideration and personal conflict, we have decided to step away from the CWMA (Cooperative Weed Management Area) and CANWIN (Citizens Against Noxious Weeds Invading the North). The last few years have been an incredible experience for both of us, we have always considered ourselves "accidental activists" and felt so lucky to be part of all this. We have never stopped being amazed at what a couple of "Average Joes" can do with some determination, sincere belief and no sense of what you can't do.
We are hopeful that CANWIN will be able to continue on with new directorship and know that the CWMA will move ahead with purpose and focus with Gretchen (Gary) to keep it moving.
Thank you all for an amazing experience. Fight on!!
Lori and Troy
Because of the Zaumseils, we now have a heightened awareness of the extensive damage invasive plants can do to our native ecosystems and to personal property as well as the pathways they take to enter the state. We now have a statewide weed coordinator. There is finally muscle behind the movement to educate the public and to prevent and manage the spread of invasives.
We will miss their enthusiasm but I have a feeling they will not be able to stay away for good!