Monthly Archives: March 2015

March Volunteer Day at Radnor Lake State Natural Area 2015
Volunteer Day on March 28th, 2015 by Ranger Sam King

For our March Volunteer Day at Radnor Lake yesterday, 41 volunteers came out to work with the staff on removing invasive-exotic plants at the Hideaway Tract near Dyer Observatory. These volunteers worked with SIR Will Peters and Ranger Dustin Crowell removing invasive bush honeysuckle, tree of heaven and privet as part of our resource management goal for 2015 to remove 100 acres of invasive plants from the natural area. Thank you to all the volunteers

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Belmont University Volunteers at Radnor Lake on March 28th, 2015
3-28-15 Vol Day by Jesse Germeraad

On Saturday afternoon, 24 students from Belmont University (Phi Kappa Tau - Zeta Alpha Chapter) came to Radnor Lake to volunteer their time to assist us with resource management projects. These volunteers along with Americorps Team Members River 4 worked with Ranger Jesse Germeraad and SIR WIll Peters on on our native grass restoration project. We appreciate these students from Belmont working with us at Radnor Lake!  

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First Day of Spring Hikes at Radnor Lake March 21, 2015
Dr. Doug Heffington and Ranger Sam King Historic Valve House Hike on March 21st, 2015. Pix by S.Ward

  At 10am this morning at Radnor Lake, Dr. Doug Heffington (MTSU) and Ranger Sam King co-led a program as part of the statewide spring hike initiative with Tennessee State Parks.  This interpretive hike was focused on the historical significance of the Historic Valve-House, caretaker residence and influence of the L & N Raildroad at Radnor Lake.  23 park visitors attended this powerpoint presentation and hike to the Historic Valve House

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Greater Nashville Church Volunteers At Radnor Lake
March 14th, 2015 Pix by Steve Ward

  It was a rainy and overcast day on Saturday, March 14th, but you would not have known it from the enthusiasm and energy witnessed of the 29 volunteers, mostly teenagers, who descended on Radnor Lake State Park to help prepare the trails for citizens of Nashville as we head into the busy outdoor summer recreational season.  As part of the Teen Service Weekend, teens from Nashville and as far away as Atlanta, GA visited the Music City to participate

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Americorps NCCC Team River 4 at Radnor Lake State Natural Area (Week 1 Update)
March 14th, 2015 Pix by Steve Ward

  The AmeriCorps NCCC team River 4 left the southern region campus in Vicksburg, Mississippi on March 6 to serve at Radnor Lake State Natural Area until April 19. AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, residential, national service program for young adults. AmeriCorps teams complete three to seven projects during their 10 month commitment to serving America. RLSNA is River 4's first project. On the first day at the

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Coe College Volunteers during Spring Break at Radnor Lake State Natural Area (March 9th & 10th)
Invasive plant removal with Americorps and Coe College on March 10th, 2015. Pix by Steve Ward

Coe College students traveled from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Nashville for their spring break last week and volunteered for two full days at the natural area working with the Radnor Staff and Americorps Team Members (River 4) These students did a great job assisting us with invasive plant removal along the Lake Trail at Radnor Lake!  This invasive plant work consisted primarily of pulling exotic plants with weed wrenches while it rained during both

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Harding Academy Volunteers at Radnor Lake on March 12th, 2015
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This past Thursday (March 12th), Harding Academy came to Radnor Lake to assist the ranger staff, Americorps Team Membes (River 4) and Western Carolina University to mulch the Historic Valve-House Trail. We appreciate these 36 volunteers coming to Radnor Lake to help us maintain our trails.  Special thanks to Lisa Loper and other faculty who assisted in arranging for these students to spend three hours with us on the trail! [caption id="attachment_4161"

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Penn State University Research at Radnor Lake State Natural Area
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This past week (March 7th thru March 12th, 2015) Dr. Robert Loeb from the DuBois Campus of the Pennsylvania State returned to Radnor Lake State Natural Area to expand his research on endangered plant species and initiate a new research collaboration on the effects of past agricultural practices on the environments of the Natural Area. The endangered plant research was focused on two species recently discovered in Radnor Lake – Wild Dill and Deam’s

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Western Carolina University Volunteers at Radnor Lake on March 12th, 2015
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On Wednesday, March 12th students from Western Carolina University came to Radnor Lake to work with Americorps (River 4) and Harding Academy.  11 students worked with us on mulching the Historic Valve-House Trail and also pulling invasive-exotic plants adjacent to the trail near Otter Creek. The park ranger staff appreciates these students from Western Carolina University working with us and volunteering part of their time on spring break to help

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Sisters Cities of Nashville Volunteer Day
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Friday February 27th, fifteen volunteers came to Radnor Lake State Natural Area and worked with SIR WIll Peters on removing invasive-exotic plants at a newly tract of land acquired in a partnership between the Friends of Radnor Lake, The State of Tennessee and The Land Trust for Tennessee. This property, located near Dyer Observatory is part of 100 acres of invasive-exotic plants targeted for removal this year at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Sister

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