Superintendent Woody Smeck of Sequoia-Kings Canyon: On park improvements, summer visitation, concessions, and more

In the second and third segments of a video interview at Ash Mountain on Thursday, May 30, Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, explains the 2019-2020 budget, road construction, and upgrades to the visitor experience.

Exciting new projects are in the works for Lodgepole and Wuksachi, as well as a new transit center at Wolverton. Improvements are also slated for the Lodgepole Campground and WiFi is coming to the frontcountry of Sequoia National Park with a new tower to be installed at Lodgepole.

“What we heard in the public comments on WiFi was to ensure that the reach of the signal does not extend to wilderness areas,” Smeck said.”Wilderness visitors tend to want to disconnect from the world.”

In this exclusive interview conducted just prior to Superintendent Smeck leaving on a summer detail to oversee Grand Canyon National Park, he reveals how the parks will deal with the expected onslaught of summer visitors and tells 3R News things you won’t read, hear, or see anywhere else.
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One thought on “Superintendent Woody Smeck of Sequoia-Kings Canyon: On park improvements, summer visitation, concessions, and more

  • June 7, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Loved watching all three parts of this interview! Thank you for posting.

    Sup. Smeck suggested to “check our web site” several times, but he didn’t give the URL. Is he speaking of this site? https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/mineralkingcg.htm

    Just a suggestion–it would be nice to be able to go back and re-listen to sections of the interview, either in increments of 30 seconds, or via a slide at the bottom of the video window. Maybe add that option?

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