The Orono Crown Lands Trust (OCLT) is an incorporated, charitable, non-profit volunteer group who manages the Orono Crown Lands in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). The Orono Crown Lands are situated just west of the village of Orono and consist of 633 acres. It can be accessed from both Taunton Road and from Ochonski Road and lies within the Wilmot Creek watershed which offers significant aquatic natural resources, including brown trout. The Orono Crown Lands feature abandoned nursery production beds, natural forested areas, abandoned seed orchards and open fields, along with the remnants of man-made structures and new hiking trails.
The Orono Crown Lands were originally purchased by the Province as a tree nursery, to be operated by the MNR. In addition to growing and shipping seedlings, the Ministry used the lands for forest research projects. It ceased to operate it as a farm in 1996. In 2001 the MNR partnered with the OCLT to manage and maintain the property. The OCLT works to ensure the property continues to be open to the public and has improved parking facilities, trails and access roads.
For more information please visit the Orono Crown Lands Trust website.