Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD)

The mission OFSWCD is to "Provide leadership and support to the board supervisors, soil and water conservation districts, and their partners through grassroots programs that promote natural resource stewardship."

Our Story
In 1943, the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts was established to serve as a coordinating organization and sounding board for the county soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) to develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the local board members. Today, the OFSWCD continues to provide strong support and assistance to Ohio ’s 88 SWCDs, fostering positive communication and cooperation between the districts, and serving an active leadership role in promoting soil and water conservation.

Each county SWCD is governed by a board of five locally elected officials, who are familiar with the county’s resource needs and can deliver a tailor-made conservation program. Therefore, the OFSWCD organization actively involves all board members from each of the 88 counties, thereby totaling 440 supervisors. The OFSWCD is led by four officers including the OFSWCD Past President and a board of directors composed of five supervisors from each of the given areas of the state. The officers and directors serve two year terms. 

OFSWCD Responsibilities 

The OFSWCD meets to determine legislative needs, action items, and makes recommendations on these issues. Training and development programs are also held to address current topics of concern or other issues necessary to better serve the district staff and constituency in the community.

With the support of the OFSWCD, SWCDs provide assistance to urban and agricultural land users, specializing in soil erosion prevention and water management. SWCDs work with farmers through a voluntary cooperative agreement. Services include survey and design of:

  • grassed waterways
  • erosion control structures
  • surface and subsurface drainage
  • farm ponds
  • windbreaks
  • livestock waste management facilities

SWCDs also sponsor a number of information and education programs, including no-till field days, pond clinics, forestry and wildlife field days and teacher conservation workshops. Many districts are also involved with Ohio youth through classroom visits, poster and essay contests and various other programs. SWCDs work collaboratively with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and many other partners to deliver technical assistance, financial and other valuable conservation programs.

*The OFSWCD is a non-profit association organized under the Internal Revenue Service’ 501 (c) 3 classification.


Contact Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD)

Laura Hollingsworth
2045 Morse Rd.
PO Box 24518
Columbus, Ohio  43224-0518
Phone: (614) 784-1900
Fax: (614) 784-9181


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Franklin County, Ohio

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