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Yosemite's Smeck heads to Sequoia-Kings

Yosemite National Park Deputy Superintendent Woody Smeck has been named superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Smeck has been acting in the position since April.

Before that, Smeck served as deputy superintendent at Yosemite for more than a year. His previous NPS experience includes a 21-year stint at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

Trained as a landscape architect, Smeck still maintains his license to practice in California. 

Smeck, who grew up in Bakersfield, said he is looking forward to working at the dual Central California parks.

"I fell in love with our national parks while backpacking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon," he said. "On many levels, it feels like coming home to family and good friends."

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After 21 years in the Santa

After 21 years in the Santa Monica Mountains and just over a year at Yosemite, sounds like Yosemite's insanity drove out another good man.

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