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S-212 Chainsaw Felling Course at Radnor Lake Session #2 (February 20th thru 23rd, 2018)

A four day S-212 chainsaw operations course was recently held on February 20th thru 23rd at Radnor Lake State Natural Area for Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas and Tennessee Division of Forestry Personnel. This was the second session of two four day training certification classes being offered this year and hosted by Friends of Radnor Lake this year! This training builds upon a previous training held at Radnor Lake on February

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Wildland Fire S-212 Training at Radnor Lake State Natural Area (February 13th-16th, 2018)

A four day S-212 chainsaw operations course was recently held on February 13th thru 16th 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 February 2015, ensures all of our Radnor Lake Ranger Staff are felling certified and is part of our resource management goals for the natural area. This course and a variety of courses are

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Harris Ridge Trail Project Update (February 4th, 2018)

Pictured above:  Natural Areas Director Roger McCoy assisting Park Manager Steve Ward on February 2nd, 2018 with marking of large red oak trees.  This is to ensure their protection during parking lot construction on Harris 3 road frontage along Franklin Road.   Thanks to the efforts of Friends of Radnor Lake and the State of Tennessee working together, the last remaining acreage of the Harris Ridge Trail Project has been secured as of December

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Volunteer Day – January 27, 2018

On January 27th, 45 volunteers spent half of their Saturday working with the ranger staff mulching the Lake Trail and South Cove Trail. [caption id="attachment_7413" align="alignnone" width="300"] Picture by Will Peters[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7412" align="alignnone" width="300"] Picture by Will Peters[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7411" align="alignnone" width="300"] Picture by Will Peters[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7415" align="alignnone"

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Snow at Radnor Lake

Pictures below were taken January 16th and 17th by Park Manager Steve Ward. Park management expect trails be be muddy for the next week as trails thaw and expect muddy trail conditions due to the amount of snow we have had at the natural area.  Please do not walk beside the trails, this only impacts spring wildflowers and creates more trail maintenance.   [caption id="attachment_7396" align="alignnone" width="300"] Pic by Steve Ward[/caption]

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First Hike Series: New Year’s Day Hike

First Hike Series: New Year’s Day Hike at Radnor Lake State Natural Area 2018   On New Years Day,  9 park visitors braved the cool temperatures to attended our 7am New Years Day Hike led by Ranger Will Peters.  In a partnership between the State of Tennessee, Friends of Radnor Lake, Vanderbilt-Dyer Observatory and the Land Trust of Tennessee, this strenuous hike led park visitors to one of the newest acquired ridgetops that was acquired

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First Hike Series: New Years Eve Hike

7 brave park visitors attended a 3+hour hike with park manager Steve Ward to Harris Ridge (in 14 degree temps) for our 15th annual New Years Eve Hike at Radnor Lake.

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Trees to Trails Collection at Radnor Lake

Trees to Trails Collection     December 26, 2017 – January 31, 2018 West Parking lot ONLY   Clean Earth Collections is donating their time and equipment to turn your trees into mulch for the trails.   To make the process safe every tree must meet the following:   NO Nails or Bolts NO Metal hooks or wire of any kind NO Stands or Partial Stands including Nails, Bolts or Wood NO Frosted Trees—Chemicals harm the lake! NO

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New Year’s Eve/Day Hikes at Radnor Lake

Tennessee State Parks First Hike Series at Radnor Lake 2017-2018   First Hike Series: 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Hike at Radnor Lake State Natural Area Sunday, December 31st at 10pm. Join Park Manager Steve Ward  for a midnight hike to the newest acquired ridgetop at Radnor Lake State Natural Area.  Acquired in 2015 and known as Harris Ridge Phase 2, this addition 17 acre addition to the 37 acre Harris Ridge Tract was acquired in a partnership

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Sunset After Thanksgiving Hike (November 24th,2017) at Radnor Lake State Natural Area

35 park visitors attended our After Thanksgiving Hike at Radnor Lake on November 24th.  This hike was part of a statewide hike series being offered by Tennessee State Parks and was conducted on our recently acquired Harris 2 and 3 Tracts led by Park Manager Steve Ward.   Our 15th Annual New Years Eve Hike will be our next hike on this property.  For more information on that hike, please visit our website at radnorlake.org under newsfeed in

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