Due to the recent retirement of three board members we are looking for new volunteers to fill directors vacancies on the Orono Crown Lands Board of Directors. Our meetings are held in the evening on the second Tuesday of each month, usually an hour and a half in duration. The Crown Lands are increasingly being used by people who live both inside and outside the Orono area. We need people with fresh ideas and outlooks to join us in order to keep this priceless resource maintai...ned and viable. You would join a friendly group of people and have the opportunity to influence how the lands are managed and improved.
We thank the retiring directors, John Standeven, Jason Hoyne and Edith Hopkins for their numerous years of time, service and contributions that have made the trails what they are today. We will miss all you brought to the table personally and professionally.
I would be happy to meet with you and answer your questions or accompany you to one of our meetings so you can get an idea if this would be a good fit for you.
John Windatt (Treasurer & Membership)
As we start getting some cooler weather don't assume tick season is over! Ticks are still active in our area and diligence is needed to prevent ticks from biting our dogs and ourselves while hiking. While ticks dont jump they can crawl and easily lodge themselves on your boot, pant leg or jacket sleeves and then make their way to hard to spot areas where they bite unnoticed.
Consider speaking to your dogs vet about preventable medication for your dog like Bravecto. Its a c...hewable tablet which kills ticks and fleas, including the deer tick which spreads lyme disease. Frequent tick checks on your dog post walk are important also. Feel with your hands and comb through with a fine brush. Ticks that have bitten will swell up with blood and will feel like a small hard bump under the dogs coat.
For people, consider the following tips from Durham Public Health. More info at http://www.durham.ca/health.asp…
Stay turned for more information on how to safely remove ticks and what to do you if you have been bitten with one.
The bridge over the Wilmot Creek by the outdoor education centre has been removed by MNRF staff. The bridge was deemed unsafe. At this time there are no plans to replace it.
Work has begun on the trail widening for the east side of the creek south from the outdoor education centre to the next bridge. The trail is being upgraded to allow maintenance to be done by tractor. There are numerous fallen trees in the area from the early spring storms.
It's the 165th Orono fair this weekend! If you're looking to get away from the crowds for a bit or want to check out what else Orono has to offer it's also a beautoful time to come for a hike. Keep a look out for butterflies and birds as they begin their annual migrations.
*A thank you and goodbye, as well as a call for new members*
At the April 12th Annual General Meeting of the Crown Lands Trust, director Keith Tregunna announced his withdrawal from the board. Keith has moved out of the area and his continued attendance is no longer feasible.
Keith joined the Board in 2006. While on the Board, Keith served as a director, Chair and his last position being Vice Chair.
While Keith was a member, the Trust has seen significant changes, including the construction of the parking lots, development of the trail maps and the building of the picnic shelters.
Throughout these years Keith was instrumental in volunteering his time to attend meetings, assist in trail enhancement projects. Keith was also key in helping out with the major fund raisers, the annual BBQ, and the 50/50 draw and OCLT booth at the Orono Fair in order to help with the membership fees in funding these projects.
The Board wishes Keith all the best in his new community and thanks him for his years of service. His wisdom and participation will be missed.
The board is in the process of looking at candidates to fill the open director position. If interested, please contact the board of directors at email@example.com
The wonderful improvements you see done at the Crown Lands as well as the routine trail maintenance are in part made possible by the purchasing of memberships by the public.
In the past we have renewed or initiated memberships through the year but this year we have decided to modify our accounting so that all memberships now come due in August. This will result in easier record keeping and allow us to give everyone a reminder that it is time to renew.
If you haven’t alrea...dy renewed and are unable to renew at the BBQ August 26 2017 then you may drop renewals at the Apple Blossom Shop in downtown Orono or Mail it to OCLT, Box 242, Orono On. Memberships may also be purchased through e transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Memberships are $20.00 and valid for the entire year August 2017- August 2018. A tax receipt is provided.