An eagle took up residence in Waubonsie State Park on Memorial Day this year…a wooden eagle carved by the chainsaw of Nebraska City native Mike Riege. Riege, also known as Lil Orv of Lil Orv's Chainsaw Carving,
was asked to carve several Ash tree stumps left in the campground area after the trees were cut down. With the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa, many of the Ash trees in the Park came up on the chopping block and management wanted to create something positive out of the waste.

An eagle took up residence in Waubonsie State Park on Memorial Day this year…a wooden eagle carved by the chainsaw of Nebraska City native Mike Riege.  Riege, also known as Lil Orv of Lil Orv's Chainsaw Carving, had already carved a toadstool and turtle in the campgrounds, and was already planning a Smokey the Bear carving to do next after the completion of the eagle.


Riege was asked to carve several Ash tree stumps left in the campground area after the trees were cut down.  With the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa, many of the Ash trees in the Park came up on the chopping block and management wanted to create something positive out of the waste.  Riege is scheduled to do more carvings in the campgrounds as he has time, and has already heard several suggestions for the next projects from visitors to  the campground.

 

See the rest of the story in Thursday's Hamburg Reporter or Friday's News-Press newspapers.