Reeds Gap State Park complex has new manager

From staff reports

MILROY – The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Tracy Zupich manager of the Reeds Gap State Park complex in Mifflin and Centre counties.

Zupich was named to head operations at the 220-acre Reeds Gap facility near Milroy. She will be based at Reeds Gap while also overseeing the nearby 620-acre Poe Valley and 23-acre Poe Paddy state parks, both in Centre County.

A native of Lucinda, Clarion County, Zupich said she welcomes the chance to manage a park complex enveloped in the rugged beauty of the Bald Eagle State Forest District. Overseeing a 25-acre lake, long popular with trout fishermen and small boat enthusiasts at Poe Valley State Park, will be among the new manager’s duties.

“I am genuinely honored to be appointed to the Reeds Gap State Park Complex,” Zupich said. “I’m thrilled to join the parks team in serving the surrounding communities and enhancing the experience of those who come to take advantage of the amazing location, outstanding recreational opportunities, rich history and resources that the parks in this complex provide.”

Besides fishing and boating, the complex offers visitors year-round activities that include swimming, hunting, camping, hiking and picnicking. The parks also host environmental education programs and other events.

Since April 2011, Zupich worked as assistant manager at the 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park, near Howard, Centre County. She began working for the Bureau of State Parks in 2009 as a DCNR ranger at the Little Pine State Park Complex in Lycoming County. She later worked as a ranger at Parker Dam State Park, Clearfield County. Zupich, 28, holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.