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Conservation Stewardship Fund through the Columbus Foundation

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Read below or view our Conservation Stewardship Fund brochure to learn more.

Donate directly to our Conservation Strewardship Fund through The Columbus Foundation

Purpose: To raise funds for the implementation of conservation projects targeted to improving water quality for the benefit of wildlife, recreation and drinking water. While focused on water quality and rainwater runoff, these projects will also benefit wetlands, forestry, carbon offsets, pollinators, native plants, and bird populations throughout Central Ohio. Projects will be focus on the reduction and treatment of water runoff before it reaches our streams.

Area: The focus area of this fund initially will be Franklin County. The focus area may expand to projects throughout Central Ohio as funds expand. Funding can be designated by specific watersheds including the Big Darby Creek, Upper Scioto River, Olentangy River , Alum Creek and Big Walnut Creek Watersheds.

Projects: Potential Conservation Fund projects eligible to receive funding support will include wetland and stream restoration, the creation or enhancement of rain gardens, bioswales, stormwater basin retrofits, tree plantings, invasive species removal, installation of practices through our community backyards program, and natural area protection through fee simple or conservation easement acquisition.

Management: Franklin SWCD will be the manager of these funds in partnership with Columbus Foundation. Project implementation may be led by other local governments or non-profits through coordination and oversight provided by Franklin SWCD. Franklin SWCD has a proven record for responsible fund management as well as working well with partners. Each year the Board of Supervisors will authorize spending from the Conservation Fund to ensure long term sustainability of funds as well as to ensure that funds are used according to the established purpose.