A longtime National Parks official in Ventura County has been appointed as the new superintendent of two Central California national parks.
Woody Smeck is the new Superintendent of Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. Smeck was Superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for more than a decade.
Last year, he left Ventura to become Deputy Superintendent at Yosemite National Park. Then, this spring he was named Acting Superintendent at the Sequoia-Kings Canyon parks.
The two parks are adjacent to each other, and are operated as one, with a combined acreage of more than 465,000 acres of land.
The parks are famous for being home to giant sequoias, which are among the largest trees on earth.