Alley Cat Crew

Alley Cat Crews work on major trail construction projects. These projects may require months of advanced planning and preparation and the projects themselves may take from several days to a week. They involve construction of trail infrastructure such as lean-tos and bridges, and major trail building or rerouting. Crews are organized by the FLTC’s Director of Crews & Construction. Projects are done with assistance and local coordination provided by the Trail Sponsoring organization or individual.

Although Alley Cat means “Alle-gany to the Cat-skills,” Alley Cat crews work on branch trails, too.

The Director of Crews & Construction for more information about joining an Alley Cat Crew.

Mike Granger 2016_Alley_Cat_Crew_Application_form_Hoxie.xlsx

Prior Projects


The first Alley-Cat of the 2016 season will be held in Cattaraugus County Friday, May 6 thru Wed. May 11. Friday is check-in time. If enough volunteers come forward we will split into two groups.

  • First priority: repairing the trail as it crossess a nasty ravine on M3 at A.P.12. This is at N.Y. 240 at Fancy Tract Road. The idea is to install a 24 foot kingpost bridge and 100 feet of boardwalk. The site is only 600 feet from an access drive and so will be pretty easy.
  • Priority # two: Put in a new trail between Fourth St. and the Pat Mcgee Rail Trail on M2. We lost owner permission last year between AP. 5 and A.P.6. Just to the North is Elkdale State Forest, home to our new 1.75 mile section. The route is flagged and most of the route is moderate. Little “benching” is required. If you have never done this type of work before it will be a great learning opportunity under Master Trail Installer Marty Howden.

Lodging will be in Allegany State Park. with food provided

Please e-mail me to answer any of your questions and to confirm your participation. [email protected] or call (716) 949-3295

Dave Potzler

4. The third Alley Cat project is at the new Finger Lakes Museum and Acquarium Center in Branchport. This crew has been filled. Photos to follow after completion July 28-31st. Project Manager Jacqui Wensich, Construction Manager Mike Ogden

3. The fourth Alley Cat will be building a new lean-to along the Hoxie Gorge Creek in the North end of Hoxie Gorge SF. Mike Tenkate is the project manager. This is a beautiful site. Lodging has yet to be determined. Hand carrying will be at a minumn. Contact Mike Tenkate at 607-543-1803 or [email protected]. Mike Ogden is the construction manager. August 14th-19th

2. The second Alley Cat- is a new bridge on the newly re-routed section in Pharsalia Woods. Please contact Project Manager Tom Bryden 607-895-2225 or [email protected] July 15-16th.