In that email, Strasavich wrote that the state was conducting "initial research into developing such a program. He also wrote that such work would have to be done each spring following the winter thaw, adding that the state crew based in Ithaca could not do such work "on a sustained basis" because of responsibilities for cliff stablization work at parks in the western part of the state.
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The park agency's press office did not respond to requests for comment on the agency's prior knowledge that Thacher's cliffs posed a risk to hikers below. It could not be immediately determined whether any park officials had suggested the potential closure of the Indian Ladder trail before or after the May report.
The state cliff scaling team has been part of the parks system since the s. The crew routinely works cliff faces at parks in the Finger Lakes, but has also worked in the Niagara region. Part of a million-year-old seabed, Thacher's striking limestone cliffs were carved out about 25, years ago by glaciers.
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Limestone is a soft sedimentary rock that is highly vulnerable to erosion. Limestone is inherently unstable and can crumble without warning.
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Some of the trees along the Indian Ladder Trail, which has drawn many thousands of visitors over the decades, show scarring from being struck during previous rockfalls. The limestone beds at Thacher are layered, making them even less stable.
That, coupled with the freezing and thawing of snow and ice at the park during the winter, can weaken the layers. State knew of rockfall risk at Thacher before accident Agency redacts key recommendation from May report on Indian Ladder Trail. The scaling team, out of Ithaca, was poking loose rocks to make them fall to prevent future injuries to hikers.
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