Superintendent Smeck is departing Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

In 2018, Superintendent Woody Smeck (right) with Louise Jackson (center), Mineral King Preservation Society, and Jim Wells, former NPS ranger and Three Rivers rancher, were presenters at a historical program in the Mineral King Room at the Three Rivers Historical Museum. Smeck has a passion for things historical and his forte as a superintendent is building partnerships.

As if there wasn’t enough uncertainty swirling around the national parks, Superintendent Woody Smeck announced on Wednesday, May 6, he is leaving Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and accepting a promotion and will assume the duties of a directorship for the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region in its San Francisco office. Regions 8, 9, 10, 12 (Region 11 is in Anchorage, Alaska) with offices in San Francisco, Seattle, and Hawaii include more than 60 national parks in the states of California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, portions of Arizona and Montana, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, as well as the Northern Marian Islands.  

“I wouldn’t feel right about leaving at this time except for the fact that we have such a strong management team in place here at Sequoia-Kings,” Smeck said in a phone interview. 

That management team has worked without Smeck at the helm before. Since he came to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in April 2013, Woody has served as interim superintendent on four temporary assignments, twice each at Yosemite and Grand Canyon national parks. Both those parks are part of Smeck’s portfolio of responsibilities in Region 8 at the San Francisco office.

https://3riversnews.com/sequoia-and-kings-canyon-national-parks-work-toward-reopening/

Smeck said the search is on for a new superintendent for Sequioa and Kings Canyon National Parks. For the rest of this month until his departure, Smeck will oversee the reopening of the local national parks.

“We’re already into the process so I’m sure it will be a smooth transition, ” Smeck said.

Smeck also said he plans to continue making his home in Three Rivers with his wife, Karen.  

 

5 thoughts on “Superintendent Smeck is departing Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

  • May 8, 2020 at 9:08 am
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    How disappointing! While I understand Park Service personnel are shuffled around continually, Woody was one NPS personnel who truly understood the concept of in-holdings and cabin ownership. He will be sorely missed!

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    • May 8, 2020 at 11:23 am
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      We’re not loosing a leader. Woody, in his new position will represent us at a higher level. Good also that he will continue to reside in Three Rivers when not in San Francisco. The Preservation Society should consider holding a Thanks and Best Wishes event to express our appreciation of his leadership and contributions to SEKI and MK.

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  • May 8, 2020 at 1:55 pm
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    Wow Congrats Mr, Smeck on that new promotion . Thank you for all your work in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National !

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  • May 12, 2020 at 10:53 am
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    The High Sierra Unit of the Backcountry Horsemen of California has had a very strong relationship with Woody and we certainly hate to see him leave SEKI. We hope to continue to work with him at his new position. -Dick Cochran

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  • June 3, 2020 at 2:57 pm
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    I hope that this promotion means he will have the power to finally restore and clean the Point Reyes National Seashore!

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