Jordan grew up in eastern Pennsylvania where he watched the open space he spent most of his childhood in get swallowed up by housing developments and urban sprawl. This observation made an impact on him and sparked a desire to protect natural resources. He continued developing a love for the outdoors through activities such as hiking, gardening, fishing, and scouting. These interests led him to pursue an education in Natural Resource Management. After graduating from The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry he worked for multiple forestry and agricultural programs including The New York State Department of Conservation, The University of Idaho’s Inter- Mountain Forest Tree nutrition Co-op, and Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center. His love for discovering how natural communities function, and the effects management can have on these communities, is continuously exercised here in the southern Appalachian forests.