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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.


OWEB will accept land acquisition grant applications in the October 2015 grant cycle.  The application deadline is October 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM.  Land acquisition grant applicants are required to participate in a pre-application consultation before submitting an application.  Land acquisition grant applications must be submitted online, through ​ OWEB’s Grant Management System (OGMS). Applications submitted for the October 2015 grant cycle will be considered for funding at the April 26-27, 2016, Board meeting.

Contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or miriam.hulst@state.or.us for more information or to schedule a pre-application consultation.​  Applicants should read the Pre-Application Consultation Guidance and other land acquisition program materials before the consultation.

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.

Please note that the program guidance, forms, and templates are updated for the October 2015 grant cycle.

Guidance Documents
Forms and Templates
PSA Fee Example     
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 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.
Introduction & Framework

Region 1:
Lower Columbia Basin Priorities

North Coast Basin Priorities
Region 2:
Rogue Basin Priorities

South Coast Basin Priorities 

Umpqua Basin Priorities
Region 3:
Willamette Basin Priorities
Region 4:
Closed Lakes Basin Priorities

Deschutes Basin Priorities

Hood River Basin Priorities

John Day Basin Priorities

Klamath Basin Priorities

Region 5:
Closed Lakes Basin Priorities

Grande Ronde Basin Priorities

John Day Basin Priorities 

Owyhee-Malheur Basin Priorities 

Powder River Basin Priorities

Umatilla Basin Priorities
Region 6:
Closed Lakes Basin Priorities 

Deschutes Basin Priorities

Hood River Basin Priorities 

John Day Basin Priorities 

Umatilla Basin Priorities  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​