2021 Anthony Prize Winner

About Marily Woodhouse

Marily Woodhouse

Marily Woodhouse with a bald eagle fledgling as part of her raptor rescue and rehabilitation work.

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.





The same location in the Battle Creek Watershed before (shown above) and after (shown below) being clearcut by the logging industry.

This aerial image shows what the Battle Creek Watershed west of Lassen Volcanic National Park looked like before the excessive clearcutting that began in 1998. The blue line is Digger Creek, which serves as a boundary between Shasta and Tehama counties.

This aerial image shows the same area of the Battle Creek Watershed in 2017. Each brown hole is 14 to 27 acres of clearcut forest. It is a stark change from the lush forests pictured just 20 years prior.

Marily Woodhouse takes water quality sample at the north fork of the Battle Creek as part of her citizen science initiative to document the impacts of clearcuts on the watershed.

Marily Woodhouse with a handful of sediment from the bottom of the Battle Creek. The creek used to have very little sediment, what’s there now is the result of erosion in the watershed due to the clearcutting of local forests.

Marily Woodhouse with a red-tail hawk as part of her work to rescue and rehabilitate raptors.

Marily Woodhouse giving an exam to an electrocuted and lead-poisoned bald eagle.

Battle Creek Alliance plants acorns to give away to people whose land burned in a local fire.

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