Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 27th Volunteer Day at Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Trees to Trails Pix by Ranger Paul Schauer on Feb. 27th, 2016

On Saturday, February 27th over 60 volunteers came to Radnor Lake to work with the ranger staff on our Trees to Trails Program.  Mulch from recycled Christmas Trees were chipped by our tree service friends at Clean Earth, then hauled by wheelbarrows by volunteers to be installed along the Lake Trail. Thanks to all of our volunteers who showed up to work with the ranger staff and for Friends of Radnor Lake for providing lunch and bottled water

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Trail Master Certification at Radnor Lake State Natural Area
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Pictured Above:  Trail Master Certification Class at Radnor Lake.  Picture By Bob Belser On February 23rd thru 26th, Radnor Lake State Natural Area was host to a 4 day Trail Master Certification sponsored by Friends of Radnor Lake. As part of our on-going efforts to improve and maintain the trails at Radnor Lake, Friends of Radnor Lake partnered with Instructor Mike Riter owns and operates a company called Trail Design Specialists.   Based out

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Radnor Lake & The Land Trust for Tennessee Partner For 2016 Weed Wrangle
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Saturday, March 5th Radnor Lake and The Land Trust for Tennessee Partner For 2016 Weed Wrangle          Radnor Lake State Natural Area: 8am – noon Glen Leven Farm, Land Trust for Tennessee: 12:00 – 4:00 Radnor Lake: Saturday, March 5th Weed Wrangle (8am-noon), Meet at the Visitor Center Join the Radnor Lake Staff and Friends of Radnor Lake for this special volunteer day at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Part of a city wide effort across

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S-212 Wildland Fire S-212 Training at Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Staff from Tennessee Division of Forestry and Tennessee State Parks at Radnor Lake State Natural Area on February 18th, 2016. Pix by S.Ward

A three day S-212 chainsaw operations course was recently held on February 16th thru 18th at Radnor Lake State Natural Area for Tennessee State Parks and Tennessee Division of Forestry Personnel.  This training builds upon a previous training held at Radnor Lake in October of 2014. This course and a variety of courses are developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) headquartered in Boise, Idaho which partners with agencies

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Historic Valve House at Radnor Lake State Natural Area (February 20th, 2016)
MTSU Students and Dr. Heffington on Feb. 20th, 2016. Pix by Ranger Sam King

Geography students from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) participated in ongoing research at Radnor Lake  State Natural Area (RLSNA). On February 20th, geography students under the direction of Dr. Doug Heffington and with Ranger Sam King continued clean-up operations preparing for the reconstruction of the historic valve house.  The valve house recently fully collapsed after years of water and ice damage, specifically from the 2010

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Research Camera Pictures at Radnor Lake State Natural Area 2016
Beaver Hut on Otter Creek Road at Radnor Lake 2016. Pix by S.Ward

Pictured above:  Beaver Hut on Otter Creek Road at Radnor Lake 2016. Pix by S. Ward As part of our on-going resource management and environmental education work at Radnor Lake, the park ranger staff periodically uses motion sensor cameras in the natural area during different seasons of the year. Funded by a grant through Friends of Radnor Lake in 2004, these cameras enable the ranger staff to offer insight into some of the lesser seen (nocturnal)

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Second snowfall at Radnor Lake for 2016
Feb. 9th, 2016 Snow at Radnor Lake. Pix by Steve Ward

Radnor Lake State Natural Area received about 2-2 1/2" of snow over the past 24 hours. The park is open normal operation hours (6am-dark), all trails and both parking areas are open. Rangers are out on the natural area conducting waterfowl identification programs w/spotting scopes, hiking trails, etc..... Visitors are encouraged to extra caution on trails and Otter Creek Road due to snowfall as the roads & trails will not have salt applied. 

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Historic Valve House at Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Feb. 6th, 2016 MTSU @ Valve House. Pix by S Ward

Geography students from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) participated in ongoing research at Radnor Lake  State Natural Area (RLSNA).  MTSU has been involved in several research efforts at Radnor over the past decade or so.  These efforts include recording and preserving oral histories/geographies of the lake area, historical field work including the documentation of historic farmsteads and settlement patterns and developing historic trails

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Radnor Lake State Park wins Tennessee State Parks highest award
Radnor Lake wins 2015 Park of the Year

Each year, Tennessee State Parks recognizes the excellent work done in parks throughout the state by giving out awards. We wanted to let you know that Radnor Lake State Park won the award for “Park of the Year”, which is the highest award given to all 56 Tennessee State Parks.   Parks nominated for this award have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Innovation, Sustainability, Interpretation, and Resource Management – as well as fiscally

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