About Marily Woodhouse
The Rose Foundation announced Marily Woodhouse, Director of Battle Creek Alliance, as the winner of our 2021 Anthony Grassroots Prize.
Since launching Battle Creek Alliance nearly 15 years ago, Marily has held the State of California, Sierra Pacific Industries, and other large timber companies accountable to environmental laws which protect people and planet. Her work to protect forests, watersheds, and wildlife not only supports local ecosystems, but also aims to address fire prevention and build climate resilience. With painstaking care and extreme scientific rigor, Marily has developed and led a citizen science initiative which has collected over 14,000 water and habitat quality samples to document the damage of industrial clearcut logging throughout the Battle Creek Watershed. These efforts have led her to Superior Court, where this Earth Day, she will formally open the arguments for a sweeping public challenge of the State of California’s pattern and practice of routinely ignoring the requirements of CEQA and the Forest Practice Act and the cumulative impacts of this destructive clearcut logging on the watershed.
Her outreach and education to broaden community knowledge, promote resource conservation, and protect the Battle Creek Watershed led her to produce Clearcut Nation, a feature-length film.
The Anthony Grassroots Prize — endowed by lifelong environmental activist Juliette Anthony — uplifts grassroots leadership in California through an award, cash prize, and public recognition. This year, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the prize! Get to know all of our past Prize winners here.