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Pendleton Stewardship Fund receives final gift

Nov 24, 2019
Courtesy of: Coastal Mountains Land Trust Doug Herling of CMP and Ian Stewart of Coastal Mountains Land Trust view the commemorative Pendleton sign installed on the Belfast Rail Trail.

Belfast — In 2017, Coastal Mountains Land Trust launched a campaign, in honor of Skip and Jo Pendleton, to establish an annual internship focused on the stewardship of community trails in the greater Belfast area.

Volunteers with the Land Trust for over 20 years, Skip and Jo were dedicated to the development and care of trails in their local community. In addition to working on trails at the Land Trust’s Stover, Head of Tide and Meadow Brook Preserves, they were involved with the creation of the Belfast Rail Trail, the Little River Community Trail, and the Hills to Sea Trail.

This month, thanks to gifts from over 150 donors and a finishing gift provided by CMP to recognize Skip’s 45-year career with the company, the Land Trust reached its fundraising goal of $75,000. Funds for the Pendleton Stewardship Fund also came from movie nights at the Colonial Theatre, a coin trail at Capt. Albert Stevens Elementary School, a successful Community Cents drive at Belfast Co-op, and the Pendleton 5k+5mile on National Trails Day as part of RunBelfast.

This past summer, Olivia Laroche of Searsmont became the Land Trust’s first Pendleton Intern. A student at Wellesley College, Laroche spent eight weeks working with Coastal Mountains Land Trust and partnering with such groups as the Waldo County Trails Coalition and Friends of Sears Island.

The Land Trust is looking forward to selecting its next Pendleton Intern in 2020. Waldo area students who wish to get involved as an intern with Coastal Mountains Land Trust should watch the website for the position in early 2020.


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