Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Rachel L. Eckman as manager at Black Moshannon State Park, Centre County. Eckman is the former assistant manager at Bald Eagle State Park, also in Centre County.
“Black Moshannon is gaining a skilled administrator whose qualifications and public relations skills were valued highly in her past assignment,” said Dunn. “Her qualifications can only help enhance what is now offered at Black Moshannon, one of the more popular state parks in central Pennsylvania.”
Eckman will oversee Black Moshannon’s 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands and a 250-acre lake that provide recreational opportunities for about 316,000 visitors a year. The state park is nine miles east of Philipsburg, and surrounded by the 43,000-acre Moshannon State Forest.
“Black Moshannon State Park is such a unique and beautiful resource and I’m overjoyed at the opportunity to become a part of the Black Moshannon team,” Eckman said. “I also feel very fortunate to be able to have a hand in some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into protecting and showcasing the rare features of this park.”
Equipped with two electric vehicle charging stations, the park is popular with campers, anglers, boaters and hikers. Appropriately, the “black” in the park name describes its lake’s dark-colored waters. Black Moshannon Lake is fed by clear springs and small streams which flow through bogs stretching in most directions from its shores. As the clear water flows through sphagnum moss and other wetland plants, it becomes colored by plant tannins.
The new Black Moshannon State Park manager began her DCNR career in 2015, working out of the Bucks County-based Region 4 office as an Engineering, Scientific and Technical Intern, and later a commonwealth Public Service Intern. Transitioning into a park manager trainee position in the region, she held several Southeast park posts before being named assistant park manager at Bald Eagle in 2016.
Eckman succeeds Jared Fencil, who was named manager at the Shawnee State Park Complex in Bedford County.
A native of Warren, Warren County, Eckman, 28, holds an associate degree in wildlife technology from Penn State DuBois and a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management from Penn State University Park.
More information on Black Moshannon and Pennsylvania’s other 120 state parks can be found on DCNR's website.
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