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Acquisition Grants

Land Acquisition Grant Program

The Oregon Constitution specifies that OWEB may fund projects involving the purchase of interests in land from willing sellers for the purpose of maintaining or restoring watersheds and habitat for native fish or wildlife. OWEB-funded interests in land may be held by local, state and federal agencies, tribes, not-for-profit land conservation organizations and trusts, state institutions of higher education, independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education or political subdivisions of the state, as long as the entity continues to use the land for the purposes specified in the constitution.

Program Revisions

The land acquisition program was redesigned in 2013, in collaboration with stakeholder advisory committees. The redesign resulted in Revised Rules and Operational Policies that increase the efficiency and flexibility of the program. Revised Grant Application Review Process​ enables OWEB to make the best use of limited grant funds with a transparent scoring process.  The program revisions provide for grant agreements to be executed earlier in the granting process, giving applicants more certainty when negotiating with landowners. Minor review process refinements are being contemplated for the 2015 grant cycle.


Land acquisition applications will be accepted in the October 2016 grant cycle. Program guidance, forms, and templates for the October 2016 cycle will be available mid-year.  Contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or miriam.hulst@state.or.us for more information about land acquisition grants.​

Program Guidance, Forms, and Templates

The guidance documents, forms and templates listed below have been developed to ensure that application information, p​roperty negotiation efforts, and due diligence are consistent with the redesigned land acquisition grant program.  To get started, applicants should read the Pre-application Consultation Guidance and Application Guidance for an understanding of how the program materials should be used. Subject-specific guidance documents provide more details and can be referenced throughout the granting process.

The program materials are periodically reviewed by the Department of Justice, and may be revised as a result.  Applicants will be informed of revisions, if any, as they occur.

Revision Alerts
Relocation Guidance, 1/21/2016
Fee Acquisition Conservation Easement Template, 2/19/2016
Land Acquisition Grant Agreement Template, 3/23/2016

Guidance Documents
Forms and Templates
PSA Fee Example     
If you have questions about OWEB's land acquisition program, please contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or miriam.hulst@state.or.us 

Acquisition Priorities

OWEB Ecological Priorities for Land Acquisition by Basin
All documents are PDF format.
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