Attendance feeling the effects
In terms of numbers of visitors entering Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, summer weekdays have been about 20-45 percent below average compared to the last three years. Weekends, however, have seen nearly equal visitation compared to 2017-2019.
Lee Taylor is filling the vacancy of Superintendent Woody Smeck, who was promoted to the Western region office in June. Taylor is on an interim assignment from her job as Deputy Superintendent at Olympic National Park. It’s conceivable that this is a trial run for Taylor but Sequoia’s top post is highly sought after among agency superintendents.