Ordering for our tree and plant sale has closed but for those that placed an order, you will find information on pick-up details below:

Information regarding the pick-up dates/times and location-

  1. Pick up your order at Ohio Division of Wildlife (1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, 43215)
    • Friday, April 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or
    • Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to noon.
  2. Arrange for someone to pick up your tree-sale items for you if you are unavailable. Items from the tree sale that are not picked up during pick-up hours will be donated to local nonprofits at noon on May 4.
  3. It is important to plant bare root seedlings immediately. Do not leave them in your car or hot garage. Please read about proper tree planting on our Web site.
  4. Conservation-grade, bare root seedlings are generally small, so a large-capacity vehicle is not necessary.
  5. There are no refunds (unless a plant you ordered is unavailable)
  6. The species we sell (except for edible landscaping) will be native to Ohio and/or our neighboring states and may include native cultivars, but are not always native to Franklin County.  We do include native range maps (obtained from the NRCS PLANT Database) for all of our plant selections, so that you can make informed purchases.
  7. Finally, feel free to contact us at 614-486-9613 if you have any further questions.

What's New

Educators & Youth Leaders

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Envirothon Team in action!

Franklin Soil and Water is looking for corporate or individual team sponsors to help pay the registration fees and to assist with transportation for the local schools competing in this years Ohio Envirothon. While not required, sponsors may also assist the team with educational training to help them in the current topic. We currently have 3 different levels of sponsorship to help the teams in different ways! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can sign up online or you can find out more information through sponsorship flier.

The environmental focus for the 2017 Envirothon competition is “Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship” and will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Scioto Grove Metro Park right here in Franklin County. If you can assist the teams in any way, please contact Linda Pettit, Environmental Education Specialist,  for sponsorship opportunities either by email or phone (614) 486-9613, ext. 115.

Landowners

2016 Community Backyards participant with her new compost bin.

2016 Community Backyards participant with her new compost bin.

The Community Backyards Rebate program is set to re-launch on April 1, 2017 but workshops are currently being scheduled for the year and  you can register to attend one of our current in-person workshops starting today! So far we have workshops scheduled for Westerville, Canal Winchester, Bexley, New Albany and many around Columbus. To easily register online, visit our Franklin Soil and Water Eventbrite page.

Community Backyards will once again offer $50 or $100 reimbursements to residents after participation in the program and purchase of an approved backyard conservation item. Participation is necessary to receive a rebate, and participants must live in an eligible tax district. So get ready for spring and visit Community Backyards for more information on how you can participate today!

As with last year, orders placed through our Conservation Spring Tree and Plant sale will be eligible for reimbursement once you participate in the program. So make sure to order your trees before April 10, 2017. You can easily order your plants online through our shopping cart or you can view our January newsletter for an order form to mail in and to find more information on the different species we are offering this year.

Local Governments

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Chris Wible re-elected to Franklin Soil and Water Board

Chris Wible has been re-elected to the Board of Supervisors of Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District at a public election held September 15, 2016 at the Boathouse at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio. The two candidates for one open seat were Anuja Sriparameswaran, MD and Chris Wible.

Mr. Wible is the Director of U.S. Manufacturing Quality & Continuous Improvement at Scotts Miracle-Gro. He previously led Scotts’ Environmental Stewardship Program where he collaborated with federal, state, and local water quality organizations to address urban stormwater and nutrient management issues. Chris is actively working with conservation districts across Ohio to enable districts to share information and ideas, build relationships, and leverage the unique strengths and resources of each district to implement urban programming. Read More