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 across the nation both federal, state, and local to respond to unplanned but expected incidents such as wildfire, storms, floods, as well as daily duties of fire, forestry, park, wildlife, and other agencies.

The training and skills covered in this S-212 chainsaw operation course are important to a number of activities at Radnor Lake State Natural Area, especially trail development and maintenance which require a lot of cutting of both down and standing trees and brush on an annual basis.

Simultaneously the cutting and control of invasive-exotic invasive trees and plants is a high priority at Radnor Lake as these species multiply rapidly and outcompete the native desirable vegetation. Some of the native trees to be helped and restored from the removal of invasive-exotic plants during this 3 day training were formerly more common to the area like walnut, white and red oaks, poplar (the state tree).

Most importantly, this training raises the skill and safety levels for all chainsaw operators working on Tennessee State Forests, Tennessee State Parks and Tennessee State Natural Areas.

This 3-day training was made possible thanks to the partnership between Friends of Radnor Lake, Tennessee Division of Forestry and Tennessee State Parks with 15 participants from Tennessee Division of Forestry and Tennessee State Parks receiving this training from Instructor Mike Huddleston (consulting forester / retired tn division of forestry).

Special thanks to Mike Huddleston (Instructor), Robin Bible (Tennessee Division of Forestry), Shane Petty(Tennessee State Parks), Lori Jett (Tennessee State Parks), Gretchen Pritchett (Friends of Radnor Lake), Dan Smith (Granny White Market) and the park ranger staff at Radnor Lake for all of their help to make this training possible.

Mike Huddleston instructing TSP and TDF Personnel on tree felling techniques at the Walter Criley Visitor Center. Pix by S.Ward

Mike Huddleston instructing TSP and TDF Personnel on tree felling techniques at the Walter Criley Visitor Center. Pix by S.Ward

Invasive-exotic Tree of Heaven removed during S-212 Training at Radnor Lake SNA. Pix by S.Ward

Invasive-exotic Tree of Heaven removed during S-212 Training at Radnor Lake SNA. Pix by S.Ward

Invasive-exotic Tree of Heaven at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Pix by S.Ward

Invasive-exotic Tree of Heaven at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Pix by S.Ward

 Instructor Mike Huddleston, Ranger Sam King (Radnor Lake SNA), Ranger Neal Weatherly (Standing Stone State Park) and Park Manager (Standing Stone State Park) on final day of certification testing. Pix by S.Ward

Instructor Mike Huddleston, Ranger Sam King (Radnor Lake SNA), Ranger Neal Weatherly (Standing Stone State Park) and Park Manager (Standing Stone State Park) on final day of certification testing. Pix by S.Ward

TDF and TSP Personnel at Radnor Lake State Natural Area establishing prescribed fireline in the Hall Farm for native grass/plant restoration. Pix by S.Ward

TDF and TSP Personnel at Radnor Lake State Natural Area establishing prescribed fireline in the Hall Farm for native grass/plant restoration. Pix by S.Ward

TDF and TSP Personnel at Radnor Lake State Natural Area establishing prescribed fireline in the Hall Farm for native grass/plant restoration. Pix by S.Ward

TDF and TSP Personnel at Radnor Lake State Natural Area establishing prescribed fireline in the Hall Farm for native grass/plant restoration. Pix by S.Ward

TDF and TSP Personnel at Radnor Lake State Natural Area establishing prescribed fireline in the Hall Farm for native grass/plant restoration. Pix by S.Ward

TDF and TSP Personnel at Radnor Lake State Natural Area establishing prescribed fireline in the Hall Farm for native grass/plant restoration. Pix by S.Ward

 TDF Personnel reviewing felling techniques with Tennessee State Park Rangers. Pix by Robin Bible

TDF Personnel reviewing felling techniques with Tennessee State Park Rangers. Pix by Robin Bible