A Bakersfield man and former deputy superintendent at Yosemite National Park has been tapped for the top spot at neighboring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Woody Smeck has been acting superintendent at the parks best known for its giant trees since April.
Smeck also has worked at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where he spent 11 years as superintendent. While there he was selected Superintendent of the Year for Natural Resources Stewardship.
Smeck grew up in Bakersfield and said he is eager to be returning to the region.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks sit side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada. In addition to the giant sequoias, the largest trees by volume on Earth, the parks feature caverns and Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental U.S.