The Orono Land Trust was created in 1986 and over the years, dozens of property owners have created easements and rights-of-way with the Orono Land Trust. Others have donated their property, or, in some cases, the land trust has purchased properties. It is a wonderful way for our town to protect green space and ensure access to trails for future generations to enjoy.
The OLT now formally stewards 974 acres of land including nine properties in fee (314 acres, owned by OLT), nine conservation easements (657 acres), and eight trail easements (2.8 acres). These properties are located across Orono and Veazie–from the shores of Pushaw Lake to those of the Penobscot River, and many other properties in between, as well as property in Old Town. The OLT maintains these properties and trails for public non-motorized use, including walking, skiing, snowshoeing, geocaching, and bicycling. It develops forest management plans and works with developers to preserve open space and trails.