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Thank you for Showing the Trail Some Love!     


We are grateful to all of you who contributed to ECRT during our first GivingTuesday, the global day of giving! 

We’re awaiting the final totals, but it looks so far like you've donated more than $1000 - thank you.

Gratefully yours,


Mary Brummer

President, Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail

Volunteer Spotlight:
Bernie Young

Bernie Young is a country guy, through and through. He has lived in East Concord with his wife, Jeanette, for the past 50 years. Apart from his 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grands, what Bernie loves most in this world is his abiding connection to nature and ‘the great outdoors'.

As Bernie welcomed me into his home, he invited me to have a seat in what is certainly his favorite room; a place that serves as both a dining area and his beloved trophy room. Proudly displayed on the walls above our heads as we chatted were beautifully mounted turkeys and deer. (One buck, he noted, boasted a rack listed in the New York State record books “with a score of 145!”)

A carpenter by trade, Bernie was founder and sole owner of Young Construction for most of his working life. Generally working alone, he remodeled numerous interior spaces over the years and, with a hired hand or two, constructed several home additions.

Bernie Young
Become A Trail Expert
  • What sections are open today?

  • What types of activities does the trail accommodate?

  • Who owns the trail? Has it been abandoned?

  • What does railbanking mean?

  • Who has jurisdiction over the trail?

  • What is the best way to build the trail?

  • Who is responsible if someone is injured on the trail? Are adjacent landowners responsible?

  • Has there been recent progress on trail design?

  • What next for the trail in 2023?

Explore the Trail:

Explore the future Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail.

Become a Member:

​Love the outdoors? Consider joining us. Your support helps our ongoing efforts to preserve the former rail corridor with the intent to develop it into a multi-use recreational trail. It also demonstrates community support to our local and state officials. All members will receive our newsletter as well as exclusive invitations to ECRT events. When you register, you'll also have the opportunity to indicate if you would like to further assist us by volunteering.

Learn More About ECRT:

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and trail manager for the railbanked portion of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Railway in Western NY. Over twenty-seven miles long, this railroad right-of-way connects the communities of Orchard Park, Aurora, West Falls, Colden, East Concord, Springville and West Valley, New York.

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