Aaron Smith, a Yosemite National Park ranger, received the Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award, given annually for excellence in “rangering.” Smith was recognized for his overall impact, record of accomplishments and excellence in traditional ranger duties. He and six others are in the running for the national award, also named in honor of Yount, that will be presented in Washington, D.C., in March.
Smith grew up in Redding, and has worked in Yosemite National Park for 10 years. Prior to serving as a park ranger, he worked as a search-and-rescue technician in Tuolumne Meadows and as an entrance fee ranger at Tioga Pass.
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