In this first part of a multi-part series, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, 3R News sat down with Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, at Ash Mountain headquarters. In this first installment of the exclusive interview, Smeck explains on the eve of his departure to Grand Canyon National Park why he has been reassigned to fill vacancies at other parks.
This will be the second time Smeck will temporarily serve at the helm of Grand Canyon. This time, he will guide Grand Canyon National Park through the busy summer season and fill in during a leadership transition until the next superintendent has been appointed.
He also speaks on how Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are getting ready for the summer and why some facilities won’t open as early as usual.
Will Superintendent Smeck return to resume his post at Sequoia? That’s a safe bet.
He said he’ll be back because he lives in Three Rivers, Sequoia’s gateway community, and “home is where the heart is.”
Video and video-editing by Ethan Paggi.