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 2021 Grant Round

The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund is accepting applications beginning February 1, 2021, and ending April 2, 2021, for small and large grants. Up to $450,000 may be awarded in total, including $50,000 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. Please be sure and submit only current forms and applications, which are available below.

The Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund Board of Trustees expects to make grant selections by May 15, 2021.


January 5, 2021
1:00 p.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: 843 6277 8868 and Passcode: 309681.

  • Minutes
  • Financial Report
  • Quarterly and Final Reports for ongoing grants
    • 17-5-01 – Callen Property/High Mountain
      • Quarterly and Final Report #8 February 19, 2019 – December 31, 2020.
    • 18-7-02 Hough-Graves 
      • Final Report and Invoice September 11, 2019 – September 29, 2020.
    • 18-7-05 Wilfong
      • Stewardship Plan 
      • Final report, supporting documents, and invoice submitted.
  • Update on ongoing grants
    • 20-1- 01 Cliff Canyon – Closed October 30, 2020.
    • 20-1-02 Arbuckle Fort – site visit completed on October 23, 2020.
  • Easement Monitoring
    • Deike Easement – Monitoring completed October 14, 2020.
  • Review, discussion, and determination of any necessary action relating to proposed DOH temporary construction easement on county road 1/Gum Road on the Deike conservation easement in which OHCF holds an interest.  
  • Trustee Appointments
    • Joe Hankins, term expired 6/30/2020; eligible for reappointment and willing to serve.
    • Ted Armbrecht, term expired 6/30/2020; eligible for reappointment (not seeking reappointment); determine replacement for recommendation.
    • Barbara Breshock, term expired 6/30/2020; eligible for reappointment and willing to serve.
  • Discussion and decision regarding adding OHCF accomplishments to OHCF’s webpage on the Department of Commerce website.
  • 2021 Grant Round – Determine dates round will open and close, and funding amount available for the grant round.