Pulling for Alaska


Citizens Against Noxious Weeds Invading the North (CANWIN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Anchorage AK that is devoted to public outreach and education on noxious, invasive weeds. CANWIN represents the private citizen members of the Anchorage Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA).

How it all started

In spring 2007, Troy and Lori Zaumseil bought a plant at an Anchorage big box store. There, in the same pot, was a small Canada thistle, a highly invasive weed that is prohibited by statute in Alaska!  Complaints to store management got them nowhere. So, they wrote to every legislator in the State of Alaska; Representative Craig Johnson responded with a willingness to learn and subsequently introduced HB330. The bill eventually did receive a response from every legislator in Alaska when it was passed unanimously in April 2008 and Governor Palin signed it that June. 
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CANWIN founders Troy and Lori Zaumseil spent much of their time on outreach and public education about the threat of invasive weeds to local and state government guys and their neighbors in Alaska.  They have been invited to speak at several local, state, and national meetings, including the National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week in Washington D.C. in early 2009.  While there, they had the opportunity to meet with all three members of the Alaska delegation are very encouraged by the positive response received from all three.