2012-04-12 / Front Page

Park welcomes new deputy superintendent

 Yosemite National Park is welcoming Woody Smeck as the new deputy superintendent. Smeck joins Yosemite from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Smeck's experience also includes assignments as acting regional director for the National Capital Region (February to June 2011) and acting deputy regional director for Pacific West Region (January to July 2010). 

Smeck brings a wealth of experience to his new position; at Santa Monica Mountains NRA, he manages the nation's largest urban national park, which is also one of the most visited recreation destinations in the country, with over 35 million visitors per year. At Santa Monica Mountains, he has partnered with more than 70 agencies and organizations to preserve open space resources and works with the four congressional districts, four state assembly districts, 35 city council districts, and over 250 property owner associations representing an array of diverse community interests within the national recreation area. In 2006, Smeck was selected “Superintendent of the Year for Natural Resources Stewardship.” 

Smeck is a graduate of Cal Poly, with a master’s degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning and a bachelor’s of landscape architecture, and continues to maintain a license to practice landscape architecture in the state of California.

Smeck is a native Californian, born in Bakersfield. He has a wife, Karen, and two daughters who are attending college in California. He enjoys backpacking, running, landscape sketching, and spending time with his family. 


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