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Land 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.

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Program Revisions

The land acquisition program was recently redesigned in collaboration with stakeholder advisory committees. Through a combination of Revised Rules and Operational Policies, the program will become more efficient and flexible. the program will become more efficient and flexible.  Additionally, a Revised Grant Application Review Process will enable OWEB to make the best use of limited grant funds with a transparent scoring process.  Finally, the program revisions provide for grant agreements to be executed earlier in the granting process, giving applicants more certainty when negotiating with landowners.
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The 2013 grant application period closed at 5pm on October 21, 2013.  The Board will make funding decisions for the October 2013 applications at its April 2014 meeting. The next application period will open in autumn 2014.
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Program Guidance, Forms, and Templates

The guidance documents, forms and templates listed below have been developed to ensure that application and property negotiation efforts are consistent with the redesigned land acquisition grant program.  Applicants should read the Pre-application Consultation Guidance and Application Guidance to understand how the program materials and forms should be used. Please note that some of the information in the Application Guidance is also provided separately below, for easy reference throughout the granting process. 

Revisions made to:​
  • FeeAcquisitionConservationEasementTemplate.docx
  • ConservationEasementExample.docx

Revisions made to:



Guidance Documents
Forms and Templates
Project Schedule          
PSA Fee Example     
Fee Acquisition Conservation Easement Template
Note: The templates and forms provided above 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.
If you have questions about any part of the re-designed program, please contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or miriam.hulst@state.or.us 
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