Many of us remember the name Woody Smeck. He was the Deputy Superintendent of Yosemite National Park before he was named acting Superintendent at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. He also was the chair of the Yosemite Sierra Executive Council. The NPS just announced that Smeck has been chosen to be the full-time superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon. He has been acting in this position since April.
NPS Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz commented: “He is a proven leader with a track record of building strong partnerships and community relations and I am delighted that he has accepted this position.”
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada. They have the world’s largest trees (by volume), and the highest point in the lower 48 states – Mt Whitney. It’s named after Josiah Whitney who was the chief Geologist for California in the 1860’s. The 2 parks draw 1.6 million visitors a year. By comparison, Yosemite has 4.1 annual visitors. In 1976, Sequoia and Kings Canyon were designated Biosphere Reserves by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization – aka UNESCO.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Writing is like the life of a glacier; one eternal grind.” – John Muir
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