Coastal Mountains Land Trust will launch a stewardship fund campaign in honor of Skip and Jo Pendleton with an Appalachian Trail documentary film screening Monday, March 5, at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.; at 6:15 p.m., “The Long Start to the Journey” (2015, USA) will be shown.

Admission is by suggested donation of $10 (cash or check at the door). Reservations are encouraged by Sunday, March 4, to info@coastalmountains.org.

The Pendleton Stewardship Fund will support a new internship program designed to focus on local trails and conservation lands. The campaign’s goal is to raise $75,000 to support and sustain an annual intern in Waldo County — preserving and continuing the trail work that Skip Pendleton provided so generously as a volunteer.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust enjoyed the benefit of Skip’s dedicated service for nearly 20 years, as did many other organizations. He served as an Appalachian Trail Steward; was the driving force behind the Hills to the Sea Trail; was a dedicated member of Belfast Bay Watershed; and served on the CMLT board, while also working every week with its Volunteer Stewardship Team. Jo also served as a preserve steward for the land trust, along with other community service.

The new fund will ensure that Coastal Mountains Land Trust can employ a local intern each season to work with its staff and volunteers on projects and ongoing stewardship maintenance of the many trails and conserved lands in Waldo County. For so long, the Belfast area was blessed by Skip’s passion for nature, hiking and trails in the woods. This is an opportunity to acknowledge his dedication and ensure that his commitment to this work lives on. Donations to the fund can be made at coastalmountains.org.

“The Long Start to the Journey” follows filmmaker Chris Gallaway on his attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. For seven months, he walks through severe weather, physical toil and the peaks and valleys of life as he travels more than 2,000 miles towards Mount Katahdin. Along the way, he forms deep friendships with other travelers on the trail; and he learns about the vision that motivated the founders of the AT.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.