Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund

Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund

The Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund (OHCF) protects lands that host West Virginia’s wild and wonderful natural resources. The OHCF’s work is guided by an 11-member Board of Trustees, drawn from land trusts; the Division of Forestry; the Division of Natural Resources; outdoor recreation and sportsmen’s groups; and the professions of biology, ecology, forestry, and public health. This mix of interests represents our state’s diverse citizens and regions. The OHCF’s land-protection projects can include important wildlife habitats, working forests and farmlands, as well as hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreational areas. The OHCF is working to protect the best of our natural resources for all West Virginians.

The West Virginia Legislature created the Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund to invest in the conservation of unique and important wildlife habitat, natural areas, forest lands, farmland, and lands for hunting, fishing and recreation. The fund is used to acquire interest in real property for conservation in keeping with the Wildlife Conservation Action Plan or other conservation plans and to award competitive grants for conservation purposes to eligible recipients.

OHCF Funding

The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund is now accepting applications for small and large grants. Up to $500,000 may be awarded, including $50,000 available for small grants. Please be sure to use the Eligibility Assessment to determine if your project qualifies for funding, review the Technical Assistance Manual for grant program and application details, and complete the Grant Application.

Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2020. The OHCF board expects to make grant selections by April 30, 2020.

Cheat Canyon, West VirginiaPhoto by: Reggie Hall

Board of Trustees

Joe Hankins, Chair
Represents Independent 501(c)(3) Land Trust

Jim Anderson, Vice Chair
Professional Expert in Biology or Ecology

Beth Wheatley
Represents Independent 501(c)(3) Land Trust

Edward Armbrecht
Represents Independent 501(c)(3) Land Trust

Amy Hessl
Professional Expert in Biology or Ecology

Amy Cimarolli
Represents Registered Professional Forester consistent with code

Ed Maguire
Represents Sportsmen and Sportswomen

Lavonne Paden
WV Agricultural Land Protection Authority

Doug Wood
Expert in Public Health or Public Recreation

Greg Cook
ex officio, Representative for Director, WV DOF

Emily Fleming
ex officio Representative for Director, WV DNR


September 18, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
WV Division of Natural Resources Headquarters
324 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor Conference Room, South Charleston, WV 25303

  • Minutes
  • Financial Report
  • 2018 grant round update
    • 18-7-01 West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Payne Property - Closed.
    • 18-7-02 WV Land Trust Hough -Graves Tract $25,000 – Grant Agreement being executed.
    • 18-7-03 WV Land Trust Laska Tract $25,000 – Grant Agreement being executed.
    • 18-7-04 WV Land Trust Vandalia Tract $250,000 – quarterly report and invoice.
    • 18-7-05 WV Land Trust Wilfong Tract $154,000 – Grant Agreement being executed.
    • 18-7-06 The Nature Conservancy Bear Rocks Preserve $250,000 Closed
  • Trustee Term Expirations and recommendations
    • Waiting on confirmation from the Governor’s Office
    • Lavonne Paden – appointment expired 6/30/2019 – eligible for reappointment
    • Elizabeth Wheatley – appointment expired 6/30/2019 – eligible for reappointment
    • Jim Anderson – appointment expired 6/30/2019 – eligible for reappointment
  • 2020 Grant Round
  • Easement Monitoring – Deike and Puffenbarger
    • Most recent monitoring reports
    • Future monitoring
  • Committee reports
  • Officer elections