Native Grass Restoration Initiative at Radnor Lake State Natural Area 2017

Feb. 10th, 2017 Pix by Steve Ward

On February 10th, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas Director Roger McCoy, Dr. D. Estes of APSU, and Friends of Radnor Lake Board Member Greer Tidwell  met with park management at Radnor Lake to discuss the best ecological management of former pastures and powerline corridors that are within the natural area.

 

Some options include using native grasses and forbs to increase plant and wildlife diversity on the natural area. All of which are part of our resource management plan to protect habitat for ground nesting birds within the natural area, environmental education programs by the ranger staff and future land acquisition priorities at Radnor Lake.

 

This year, Radnor Lake Ranger Staff will be conducting prescribed burns and native grass plantings (funded by the Iris Fund License Plate) to convert 20 acres of fescue pasture fields acquired in 2013 to warm season grasses.  All of these areas will be part of the park ranger staff’s future wildflower, birding and land acquisition hikes for park visitors.

John Froeschauer with recent native grass planting at Radnor Lake State Natural Area Oct. 2014. Pix by Steve Ward

John Froeschauer with recent native grass planting at Radnor Lake State Natural Area Oct. 2014. Pix by Steve Ward

Native Grass Planting 2014. Pix by Steve Ward

Native Grass Planting 2014. Pix by Steve Ward