BELFAST – The Pendleton Stewardship Fund was launched with a goal of $75,000 in early 2018. Through private donations, two movie nights at the Colonial Theatre, a coin trail at Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School, a successful Community Cents at the Belfast Coop, the Pendleton 5k+5mile on National Trails Day as part of RunBelfast, and generous grant funding, we met our goal in June 2019. The students at Captain Albert Stevens raised $552 with a personally-constructed coin trail in their gymnasium.
The fund will support a seasonal trails stewardship internship in Waldo County. To be known as the Pendleton Intern, this position honors Skip and Jo Pendleton, long-time community volunteers who were dedicated to supporting trails and opportunities for people to enjoy nature. Skip served on the Land Trust Board of Directors and was a regular at the weekly work crew for nearly twenty years.
Annually, Pendleton Interns will help build and maintain trails throughout Waldo County. This summer, Olivia Laroche of Searsmont is serving as our first Pendleton Intern. She will be attending Wellesley College in the fall as a sophomore.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The Land Trust has protected over 12,000 acres, offering 45 miles of trails for public recreation.