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Gorge Safety Committee

The charge of the committee is to oversee gorge safety and to implement and provide ongoing stewardship (with appropriate university authority and access) in order to give gorge safety consistent focus and attention. This charge was included as part of a comprehensive effort to review and recommend initiatives for improved gorge safety education, infrastructure, enforcement, and alternatives that was approved by President Skorton in December, 2011.  The full report is available here.

Contact Todd Bittner, chair of the committee and Director of Natural Areas at the Cornell Plantations, at


Cornell Plantations

The Cornell Plantations are the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of the university. Visit the Plantations website for maps, history, and more information about Cornell’s gardens and gorges. The Plantations serves as the lead for the protection and management of the gorges and trails.

Cornell Outdoor Education

Cornell Outdoor Education serves the broad membership of the Cornell community (students and student instructors, faculty and staff, alumni and friends, local community and outside groups) and develops experience-based education in the outdoor environment at Cornell University and around the world.

Contact Mark Holton, director of Outdoor Programs and Risk Management at Cornell Outdoor Education, at for trails and hiking related information, as well as for feedback on this website.

Cornell Police

The Cornell Police enforce federal, state, and local laws as well as Cornell’s Campus Code of Conduct.

Contact the Cornell Police at (607) 255-1111 to report a crime, or for questions about the law.

City of Ithaca 

Contact the City of Ithaca for information about city codes and things to do in Ithaca.