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 habitats, natural areas, forest lands, farmlands, 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.


September 30, 2020
10:00 a.m.

Due to Executive Order No. 9-20, and in compliance with the WV Ethics Commission’s opinion regarding the Open Meetings Act during the coronavirus pandemic, trustee and citizen attendance for this meeting will be limited to telephonic conference access.  Any citizen wishing to attend this meeting will be able to join the meeting by conference call by calling +1 (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago) or +1 (929) 205-6099 US (New York) and entering Meeting ID: 854 5399 8629 and Passcode: 438905.

  • Minutes
  • Financial Report
  • OHCF annual report, completed and filed
  • Quarterly Reports for ongoing grants
    • 18-7-02 Hough-Graves 
      • January 1-March 31, 2020 quarterly report 
      • April 1 – June 30, 2020 quarterly report 
  • Update on ongoing grants
    • 18-7- 02 Hough-Graves – Closed on September 17, 2020.  
    • 20-1-02 Arbuckle Fort – stewardship plan received and deed in review
    • 20- 1- 01 Cliff Canyon – site visit completed  and deed in review
    • 21-1-01 Buffalo Creek rail trail status update
  • Review, discussion, and approval of Deike Easement for DOH temporary construction easement on county road 1/Gum Road
  • Review, discussion, revision, and approval of OHCF policies
    • Administration Policy
    • Investment Policy
    • OHCF Project Acquisition Procedures
    • Easement Violation Policy
    • Easement Violation Response
    • Monitoring Checklist
    • Easement Monitoring Protocol
    • Easement Amendment Protocol
    • Acknowledgement and Publicity Requirements
  • Peer review of WV SCORP draft plan and provide comments
  • LWCF funding for 2020 
  • Trustee Appointments
    • Joe Hankins, term expired 6/30/2020; eligible for reappointment
    • Ted Armbrecht, term expired 6/30/2020; eligible for reappointment
    • Barbara Breshock, term expired 6/30/2020; eligible for reappointment
  • Officer elections
  • Schedule site visits for Puffenbarger and Deike Easements and Clay-Arbuckle property.
  • 2021 Grant Round