Henderson State University and Radnor Lake State Natural Area
During the week of March 19-23, Dr. Doug Heffington and Henderson State University geography students participated in a geography field course at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. The field course was done in conjunction with park ranger staff. This event marks the first in the new partnership linking HSU and RLSNA. Henderson State University, a small state liberal arts college, is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Dr. Heffington serves as the Geography Program Director.
Under the direction of Dr. Doug Heffington, students worked diligently each day in the field on assisting park management with our Harris Ridge Trail Planning efforts by clearing invasive-exotic plants which uncovered previously undocumented historic features our newly acquired properties. The goal of this research partnership with Henderson State University is to assist Radnor Lake in the preservation of these sites prior to any trail development along the Harris Ridge Trail, future resource management planning, historic interpretation of the landscape for our park visitors and ensure that our future trail plans highlight these historic features without destroying any historical features in the future.
Special thanks to Friends of Radnor Lake for financially supporting this field research at Radnor Lake!
We appreciate Dr. Heffington and these students from Henderson State University spending their spring break working with the ranger staff for 5 days to help us achieve our future trial planning goals. This is the first of several planned field research partnerships between Henderson State University, Tennessee State Parks and Friends of Radnor Lake in our efforts to protect and preserve Radnor Lake State Natural Area and expand our interpretation for future generations!