Who We Are
Columbia Friends of the Electric Trail (CFET) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2018 to support the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, part of the statewide 750 mile Empire State Trail. CFET is a registered New York State charity.
Over 160 individuals, families and sponsors are CFET members providing financial and volunteer support. CFET is governed by a nine member Board of Directors elected for three year terms by the membership. See below for a listing of the current Board of Directors.
Meetings are held at 6 PM on the first Monday of each month in the Community Room of the Kinderhook Memorial Library.
CFET’s mission is to:
- Maintain the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail in Columbia County.
- Promote the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail as a recreational and economic development resource, support historic and heritage education, and foster conservation values; and
- Collaborate with other organizations to develop ancillary trails linking the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail to significant sites and other trails.
Detailed information on CFET’s mission and values is contained in our Strategic Plan:
The history of the Columbia Friends of the Electric Trail begins with the Albany Hudson Electric Railroad one hundred years ago, fragments of which remain and are nicely depicted at the Greenways website and on delightful interpretive signs along the trail.