2011-08-09 / Front Page

Many Summertime Improvements Spread Throughout Lieber State Recreation Area

Lieber Nature Center Adds Several Displays For Property Visitors
by Michael Stanley Staff Writer


Lieber State Recreation Area seasonal laborer Ron Schrock shows off a recently completed frame for photos to be re-hung on the interior walls of the property’s nature center. Schrock hand-crafted each frame. (Staff Photo) Lieber State Recreation Area seasonal laborer Ron Schrock shows off a recently completed frame for photos to be re-hung on the interior walls of the property’s nature center. Schrock hand-crafted each frame. (Staff Photo) Numerous cosmetic improvements were made throughout the Lieber State Recreation Area in northern Owen and southern Putnam counties in the past few months, including several that can be found inside the property’s Nature Center.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Turkey Run property recently donated several display items to the Nature Center at Lieber SRA and Interpretive Naturalist Vicki Albietz.


The Lieber State Recreation Area Nature Center recently received a donation of display items, providing a nice addition to the popular property location. (Staff Photo) The Lieber State Recreation Area Nature Center recently received a donation of display items, providing a nice addition to the popular property location. (Staff Photo) New displays feature coyotes, animal skulls, trademark trees, turkey talk, Avian architects (nests), plant pioneers (Lichens, Bryophytes and Ferns), a geologist’s dream, Smokey Bear’s true story, bald eagles and matching board games.

For seasonal naturalist Ron Shrock of Reelsville, this summer also provided woodworking opportunities inside the air conditioned shop, a welcomed getaway from his accustomed mowing duties. His first project was to frame a number of photos for the nature center, for which he used pieces of lumber found around the property.

“I had to make a regular frame so you can put the picture in it, and then you put the wood around it,” he explained. “I went out in the woods and found dead, but standing Dogwoods or Red Buds that were fairly straight; they’re real solid even when they’re dead. It was nice that they allowed me to be in here in the air conditioning after riding on a Dixie Chopper for the last two years.”


Interpretive Naturalist Vicki Albietz conducts a game at the Lieber State Recreation Area swimming pool Friday morning with children visiting from the Clay County Family YMCA. (Staff Photo) Interpretive Naturalist Vicki Albietz conducts a game at the Lieber State Recreation Area swimming pool Friday morning with children visiting from the Clay County Family YMCA. (Staff Photo) Schrock’s largest project to date has been constructing a wooden bookshelf for the nature center, in the shape of a tree. He built his from looking off of a photo in a magazine of a steel bookcase that priced for $2,500. The top of the new bookshelf will feature a cardinal.

“The hard thing about this was making the depth, if you had just one set of 2x6s cut down, that would have been easy, but it was trying to cut three pieces the same and figuring out how to put it all together,” Schrock said. “I’m putting glue and saw dust in the cracks to make sure it’s all smooth, so I don’t have inconsistencies in the staining.”

Laborers also constructed a few new buildings around the property this summer, including a storage building for the Nature Center, and made improvements to the Hilltop Shelter among other projects. A lot of construction utilized lumber from the Shakamak State Park.

“Most of our work lately has been cleaning out after the flood; we’ve had a lot of high water. Getting the beach ready in a small amount of time was a chore,” Lieber SRA laborer Joe Elkin explained. “We’ve built a lot of stuff and upgraded the Nature Center. Vicki was able to get the upstairs area cleaned up so we can have a meeting area. One cool thing we did was build some boxes for aluminum cans. I didn’t have any idea that they’d use them, but visitors are filling them up on the weekends. We’re going to use that money for park improvements. It’s tough to do a whole lot of projects when you have normal maintenance and upkeep that’s needed on the property. We painted every building on the property; a lot of the stuff is pretty old, so it’s amazing what just some paint will do. We used 20 gallons of brown paint to paint all of the shelter houses.”

The Friends of Cagles Mill Lake will present an ice cream social with games and prizes at the campground entrance on Saturday,

September 3. The ice cream social will begin at 1:00 p.m., while a fireworks show will get underway at dusk at the beach.

Lieber State Recreation Area can be reached from the south by traveling north on U.S. 231 to Cloverdale and taking State Road 42 West to State Road 243 North.

The property also includes Cagles Mill Lake and the Cataract Falls. The property’s Nature Center is open Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Thursdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

For additional information, contact the main office at 765-795-4576, or the Nature Center at 765-795- 3552.

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