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 FY 2022 Grant Round

The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund is now accepting applications through May 31, 2022, for small and large grants. Up to $750,000 may be awarded in total, including $100,000 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. The current forms and applications are available on the website at https://commerce.wv.gov/boards-commissions/outdoor-heritage-conservation-fund/

The Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund Board of Trustees expects to make grant selections by July 6, 2022.


March 22, 2022

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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: 839 2437 8153 and Passcode: 861957.

  • Minutes

  • Financial Report

  • Administrative, leadership and legislative update

  • Quarterly and Final Reports for ongoing grants

  • Update on 2021 Grant Awards and Agreements

    • 21-1-02 – Jenkinsburg #2

    • 21-1-03 – Bluestone

    • 21-1-04 – Moulton Riverside Park

  • Review OHCF accomplishments as displayed on OHCF’s webpage on the Department of Commerce website. Consider need for additional public facing information

  • Review OHCF record and retention status. Consider actions to enhance record storage security, operational access, and digital retrieval efficiency.

  • Consider 2022 Grant Round funding allocation and timeline for Request for Proposals.

  • OHCF Board Meeting schedule for remainder of 2022. Consider return to in-person meetings and schedule of required site visits for new projects and existing project monitoring.