Friends of the Chautauqua County Greenways

Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth

Friends of the Chautauqua County Greenways (FCCG) is an organization housed under the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth and whose aim is to collaborate and build on existing private/public partnerships to realize the primary objectives outlined in Chautauqua County’s 2012 Greenway Plan and updated in the 2022 Chautauqua County Greenways Group Action Plan.


The Friends of Chautauqua County Greenways will create a new enthusiasm for active living and healthy lifestyles for all people and of all backgrounds; promote accessible, safe, and sustainable recreation opportunities; sustainably conserve the ecological health, water quality, and scenic beauty of our region; improve our quality of life within Chautauqua County; act as a catalyst for economic development related to outdoor living, trail development, and trail maintenance in NYSDEC state forests, Chautauqua County parks, and waterways; and establish Chautauqua County as a destination center for outdoor adventure.

FCCG Board Members

John McCune – Co-Chair – Chautauqua County Rails to Trails
Twan Leenders – Co-Chair – Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
Melissa Whittington – Member – Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System
Jodi Gray – Member – Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System
Dee Dippel – Member – Western New York Mountain Biking Association
Bill Scherman – Member – Boutwell Hill Ski Club
Ellen Shadle – Member – City of Jamestown
Bill Ward – Member – Chautauqua County Rails to Trails
Rebecca Wurster – Member – CCPEG / Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development
Jacob Bodway – Member – CCPEG Trail Consultant

Interested in donating to the Friends Group? Contact Jacob Bodway at to get more information.

3-Year Priorities

Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth

  • Chautauqua County Mapping Project
  • Lakeside Park in Mayville
  • Chadakoin River Strategic Business Plan
  • Phase IV of Overland Project in Panama and Brokenstraw State Forests and private properties (Summer 2024)
  • Phase V of Overland Project in Boutwell Hill State Forest and Canadaway Creek Wildlife Management Area (Summer 2025)
  • Phase VI of Overland Project in Mount Pleasant State Forest – pending a tree harvest and dam remediation (Summer 2026)

Jackson-Taylor Park (Jamestown)

  • Develop Bike Pump Track adjacent to City’s Riverwalk Trail System

Chautauqua Rails to Trails

  • Fixing low spots between Sherman and Mayville
  • Fixing low spots between Brocton and Mayville
  • Summerdale Parking Lot Expansion
  • Carroll Area Nature Trail Riverside Road Parking Lot Installation
  • Improvements to gates and fences
  • Improving the crossing on Route 430 between Bentley and Morris Roads
  • Swank Culvert maintenance and maintenance to other culverts
  • Rosie Bilquist Trail resurfacing
  • Topcoats on Alison Wells New Trail (Highland Ave to Webster Road); Alison Wells Ney Trail (School Street to Route 20); Alison Wells New Trail (Route 20 to Fuller Road)

WNY Mountain Bicycling Association

  • Remediate the “Funkytown” trail in Harris Hill State Forest

Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System (CCETS)

  • Resurfacing the “Backbone Trail” in North Harmony State Forest
  • Improvements to Jasper Parking Area in North Harmony State Forest

Boutwell Hill Ski Club

  • Improvements to various trails for horse and carriage use (summer 2024)

Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

  • Lower Chadakoin Restoration and Activation
  • Marden E. Cobb Waterway Master Plan and Cleanup
  • Collaborative Regional Conservation Implementation Strategy

Image Gallery

Group of mountain bikers after a race.
Group of people mountain biking in the snow.
Hiking trail in the woods.