Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated September, 2008. Membership includes individuals from communities adjoining the proposed trail who are interested in the preservation and development of the rail corridor.
The mission of Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is to improve the quality of life for our community by preserving the Buffalo-Pittsburgh rail corridor and transforming it to a multi-use recreation trail between Orchard Park and West Valley, New York.
Public recreation – Provide opportunities for walking, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, snow showing, cross-county skiing, snowmobiling and nature observation along the abandoned rail corridor. We wish to provide an important recreational resource for Western New Yorkers and visitors to our region.
Health, Education and Resource Protection – Protect and maintain the rail corridor as a natural and cultural resource. Our objectives include a desire to increase community knowledge of rail-to-trail related natural history and to encourage school participation in restoring, maintaining and using the corridor for educational, recreational, job training and community service activities.
Economic Development – Stimulate economic development through promotion of tourism and trail-related businesses.