TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- She's a mountain woman ready to take on the Magnolia State.
Mary Risser is the new Natchez Trace Parkway Superintendent.
She assumed the role in December.
Risser has extensive experience working on mountainous areas for the National Park Service including Yosemite National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Risser says much of her time has been in exploration of the 444-mile long parkway, which extends from Nashville to Natchez.
"I hadn't spent any time in the deep south. I have never worked in this region before and I really wanted to challenge myself by coming to Mississippi and I've been so happy about the move," said Risser.
Risser says the 100th birthday of the National Park Service will be celebrated in 2016.
She says the centennial celebration preparations will be a part of her duties.