2016 Tree Sale orders ready for pick-up

2016 Tree Sale orders ready for pick-up

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is currently hosting their Annual Spring Conservation Tree and Plant Sale.  We will be accepting orders through Monday, April 10th.  The sale highlights native trees, shrubs, and plants that thrive in Ohio climate and soils, as well as attract native pollinators, birds, and mammals.  Ordering details, including a complete list of species and their descriptions, can be found at the Franklin Soil and Water shopping cart.  Proceeds from the sale go toward their Conservation Fund and Mini-Grant program, benefitting soil and water conservation projects throughout Franklin County.

This year, we have a special focus on rare species found in Ohio. Almost a third of Ohio’s plant species are considered rare.  Six Ohio plants are listed as threatened or endangered, and we are excited to offer a few species from that list. For our interested gardeners, here are a few rare species we are offering:  Aromatic Aster, Savanna Blazingstar, and Sweet Goldenrod.  Tolerant of Ohio climate and soils, native plants require less maintenance than many non-native plants—families can spend the time saved enjoying the summer months together, instead.

There is something for everyone at the Franklin Soil and Water Tree and Plant Sale, including native perennials, grasses, aquatic plants, seed packs and themed tree packets.  This year, the tree packets are as follows: Riparian, All the Buzz, For the Birds, Honeysuckle Replacement and Backyard Bounty.  Each tree packet contains a total of ten plants & includes two seedlings of each species. For a list of tree species, view our order form.

Orders will be accepted through Monday, April 10th, with the pick-up dates as April 28th from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or April 29th, from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Ohio Division of Wildlife (1500 Dublin Road, Columbus OH 43215).  For complete details, visit http://shop.franklinswcd.org.  Orders are currently being accepted online and by mail.  For questions, call (614) 486-9613.

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