Erika Rowland, Administrative Assistant

Erika Rowland, Administrative Assistant

Erika Rowland joined our team in late September as our new Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for supporting the Administrative Specialist with front desk reception and administrative tasks around the office.  Erika graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and worked at Blick Art Materials before returning to school to pursue interest in natural resources and conservation. She is currently back in school working on degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University and obtaining a GIS certificate from Columbus State Community College. Prior to joining Franklin Soil and Water, Erika worked in College Testing Services at Columbus State Community College.

Erika will be working part time hours and will be helping cover the office and phones, so make sure to stop by and say hi if you are ever in our office. She will also be assisting with our Get Grassy! pledges. If you have any questions, you can contact her through email.

What's New

Educators & Youth Leaders

2016 Conservation Poster Contest winners

2016 Conservation Poster Contest winners

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual conservation poster contest has come to a close for another year! This year, 12 schools with over 1,000 students participated from grades K-12.  This year’s theme was “We All Need Trees” focusing on the importance and environmental benefits of trees. Read More


The Community Backyards program will be starting its 2016 season Friday, April 1st! The program offers rebates to eligible residents for the purchase of a rain barrel, compost bin, or native plants and trees after they participate in an in-person workshop or an online course and quiz. Read More

Local Governments


2013 Strategic Planning with Board member Thomas Shockley & retired USDA staff member Mary Ann Core.

Every three years, the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and staff go through a strategic planning process. In addition to the standard SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) assessment, we take a close look at our current programs and brainstorm new ideas. Then begins the hard work of comparing the SWOT findings with current and possible programs.

We are asking our key partners including local government elected officials and staff members, engineers, planners,  and local watershed groups for their opinions and ideas. Let us know how you have interacted with Franklin Soil and Water and what you would like to see from us in the future. Read More