Conservation Bank Board

The Oconee County Conservation Bank Board (OCCB) was established to protect Oconee County lands with significant natural, cultural, and/or historic resources in the County that meet specific criteria by providing a financial incentive to willing landowners to convey either a conservation easement or fee simple title, where such transaction also includes a conservation easement, to eligible recipients. The Conservation Bank program will simultaneously protect valuable natural resources and private property rights.

If you would like to apply for a grant from the OCCB, please complete and file the Application for Funding. All applicants are encouraged to review the OCCB's authorizing ordinance, Policies 001 and 003, and the Grant Agreement prior to filing an application. Failure to comply with the ordinance and the policies can result in a delay or denial of an application. The deadlines for submitting applications are April 1st, August 1st, and November 1st. Applications may be submitted to the OCCB by email to or by drop off at the Clerk to Council's office:

Pine Street Administrative Complex
415 South Pine St.
Walhalla, SC 29691

Board Authority:

  • Oconee County Code of Ordinances, Sec. 2-398 through 2-409

Meeting Documents:


Gordon Becker District 1
Andrew Smith District 2
Ryan Keese District 3
Taylor Howard District 4
Scuddy Walker District 5
Emelyn Jones At-Large
Scott McCurry At-Large

Staff Liaison:

Jennifer C. Adams 864-718-1023

Our Mission

It is the mission of Oconee County to provide our current and future citizens and visitors quality services while protecting our communities, heritage, environment and natural resources, in an ever-changing world.


Oconee County – A diverse, growing, safe, vibrant community guided by rural traditions and shaped by natural beauty; where employment, education and recreation offer a rich quality of life for all generations, both today and tomorrow.