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Jason Gordon

Associate Professor of Community Forestry
  • Ph.D., Rural Sociology & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Environment, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Forest Resources, University of Georgia
Awards, Honors and Recognitions:

(Since 2019)

Southeastern Society of American Foresters Public Education and Technology Transfer award, 2022

Warnell Alumni Award for Outreach, 2021

President’s Award of Merit, 2019, International Society of Arboriculture Southern Chapter

Comprehensive Family Forest Education Program (Team Award – University of Georgia), National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs, 2019

Selected Publications:

Parajuli, R., Chizmar, S., Morgan, H., Joshi, O., Gordon, J., Mehmood, S., Henderson, J., Poudel, J., Witthun, O., Buntrock, L. 2022. Economic contribution analysis of urban forestry in the Northeastern and Midwestern States of the United States in 2018. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 69 (2022) 127490.

Judice, A. (advisee), Gordon, J., Brodbeck, A. (2022). Municipal employee’s perceptions of tree risk and liability in Alabama. Journal of Forestry, Online first. doi:10.1093/jofore/fvac033

Hoy, M., Parajuli, R., Chizmar, S., Joshi, O., Gordon, J., Mehmood, S., Henderson, J., Poudel, J., Witthun, O., Buntrock, L. 2022. Business outlook of private urban forestry in the Northeast-Midwest region of the United States. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, 48(5):278–292.

Neupane, K., Grebner, D.L., Gordon, J.S., Jacobson, M.G. 2022. Trends in vegetation ordinances across the Southern United States. Forests, 13, 1400.

Zhang, X., Sun, C., Munn, Gordon, J. (2021) How to protect the U.S. forest products industry from the perspective of trade? A comparison of policies within the forest supply chain. Forest Policy and Economics, 133, 102616.

Kuluppuarachchi, M., Sun, C., Gordon, J., Grebner, D., Munn, I., Yang, J. 2021. The length and determinants of forestland ownerships in Mississippi from 1999-2019. Forest Policy and Economics, 129 (2021) 102517.

Lamichhane, S., Sun, C., Gordon, J., Grado, S., Poudel, K. 2021. Spatial dependence and determinants of Conservation easement adoptions in the United States. Journal of Environmental Management, 296 (2021) 113164.

Shrestha, A., Grala, R., Grado, S., Roberts, S., Gordon, J., Adhikari, R. 2021. Nonindustrial private forest landowner willingness to pay for prescribed burning to lower wildfire hazard. Forest Policy and Economics, 127 (2021) 102451.

Shrestha, A., Grala, R., Grado, S., Roberts, S., Gordon, J. 2021. Likelihood of implementing fuel reduction treatments on nonindustrial private forest lands. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 30(8): 625-635.

Judice, A. (advisee), Gordon, J., Abrams, J., Irwin, K. 2021. Community perceptions of tree risk and management. Land, 10, 1096-1115.

Dahal (advisee), R., Grala, R., Gordon, J., Munn, I., Petrolia, D. 2021. Geospatial heterogeneity in monetary value of proximity to waterfront ecosystem services in the Gulf of Mexico. Water, 13(17): 2401-2425.

Mason, S. A., Olander, L. P., Grala, R. K., Galik, C. S., & Gordon, J. S. 2020. A practice-oriented approach to foster private landowner participation in ecosystem service conservation and restoration at a landscape scale. Ecosystem Services, 46.

Shrestha, A., Grala, R., Grado, S., Roberts, S., Gordon, J. 2021. Landowner concern about wildfires and trends in implementation of fuel reduction treatments. Journal of Forestry, 119, 10.1093.

Zhang, X., Sun, E., Gordon, J., Munn, I. A. 2020. Outcomes of antidumping investigations in the global forest products industry. Forest Science, 66, 666-677.

Gordon, J., Measells, M., Willis, J., Self, B. 2020. Experiences from a forestry extension long-term impact evaluation (MS329). Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 8, 201-205.

Zhang, X., Sun, C., Gordon, J., Munn, I. A. (2020). Determinants of temporary trade barriers in global forest products industry. Sustainability, 12(9), 3839-3852.

Bridges, L., Grado, S., Gordon, J., Grebner, D., Kushla, J. (2020). The influence of canopy cover on property values in a small southern U.S. city. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, 46(4), 262-275.

Gordon, J., Measells, M., Willis, J., Self, B. (2020). Comparing social media and postal mailings in forestry extension program marketing (MS 328). Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 8, 206-213.

Nichols, A., Chase, L., Gordon, J., Rashash, D. (2020). The value of jointly held conferences: benefits and considerations for planners and participants (MS 276). Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 8, 66-87.

Gordon, J., Willis, J., Grala, R. (2020). Public and forest landowner attitudes towards longleaf pine ecosystem restoration using prescribed fire. Canadian Journal of Forestry Research, 50(9), 917-924.

Willis, J. L., Gordon, J. S., Tanger, S., Blazier, M. A., Self, A. B., Brodbeck, A. (2019). Managing mixed stands: reassessing a forgotten stand type in the Southeastern United States. Forests, 10(9), 751-767.

Kushla, J., Londo, A., Dicke, S., Meeker, J., Henderson, J., Gordon, J. (2019). Economic impact of a large-scale, collaborative forest health project: a model for making a difference. Journal of Extension, 57(3), Article 3FEA.

Dahal, R. (advisee), Grala, R., Gordon, J., Munn, I., Petrolia, D., Cummings, J. (2019). A hedonic pricing method to estimate the value of waterfronts in the Gulf of Mexico. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 41, 185-194.

Henderson, J., Gordon, J. (2019). Extreme weather events and risk management options for family forests. Journal of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents, 12(1), online.

Godar-Chhetri, S. (advisee), Gordon, J., Munn, I., Henderson, J. (2019). Comparison of the timber management expenses of non-industrial private forest landowners in Mississippi, United States: results from 1995–1997 and 2015. Environments, 6(9), 107-125.

Godar-Chhetri, S. (advisee), Gordon, J., Henderson, J., Munn, I. (2018). Factors influencing the use of consulting foresters by non-industrial private forest landowners in Mississippi. The Forestry Chronicle, 94(03): 254-259.

Dahal, R. (advisee), Grala, R., Gordon, J., Petrolia, D., Munn, I. (2018). Estimating the willingness to pay to preserve waterfront open spaces using contingent valuation. Land Use Policy, 78(2018), 614-626.

Gordon, J., Auel, J., Blair, N., Montague, I., Shmulsky, R. (2018). Infrastructure enhancement to support value-added bioproduct recovery. Natural Resources, 9(4), 234-251.

Gordon, J., Willcox, A., Finley, J., Hodges, D., Luloff, A. (2018). Public perceptions of values associated with wildfire protection at the Wildland Urban Interface: a Synthesis of national findings. In Loures, L. (ed.) Landscape Reclamation - Rising from What's Left. Intech Publishing.

Rashidi, E., Medal, H., Grala, R., Gordon, J., Varner, M. (2017). A maximal covering location-based model for analyzing the vulnerability of landscapes to wildfires: assessing the worst-case scenario. European Journal of Operational Research, 258(3), 1095-1105.

Research Interests:

Practiced at its highest potential, community forest management is multidisciplinary and involves an integration of social and physical sciences. I apply social science research methods and theory to study impacts of natural resource utilization, social and structural change at the urban-rural interface, public attitudes and behaviors regarding urban growth and development, processes of community identification and participation, and environmental risk perceptions of wildfire and other hazards. My work is broadly defined as human dimensions of natural resources with an applied focus on issues emerging across the urban to exurban gradient.


My teaching concerns urban and community natural resources management. It combines the disciplinary foundations in natural resource/rural sociology as well as forestry and arboriculture to teach about natural resource management at the community level in terms of planning, risk mitigation, and capacity building in urban and exurban places.

My regular courses include:

  • Society and Natural Resources (FANR 3400/D)
  • Community Forest Management (COFA 5500/7500)
  • Community Forestry and Arboriculture Internship (COFA 3900)
  • Community Forestry and Arboriculture Summer Field Course (COFA 4650S)
  • Senior Project (every fall, FANR 4500S)


Current Students

  • Lalita Dhal (co-advised with Dr. Puneet Dwivedi). MS thesis: Nature-based therapy intervention for reducing post disaster stress
  • Annie Bryan, MNR
  • Thor Hahn (co-advised with Dr. Kim Coder), MNR
  • Brett Ganas, MNR
  • Jody Rice, MNR
  • Mahfujur Rahman, PhD

Recent Students

  • Baker Owens. MNR 2022
  • Abbie Judice. MS thesis 2021: A study of tree risk management perceptions in two Southeastern states
  • Alexis Martin (co-advised with Dr. Rebecca Abney). MS thesis: Improving urban forests through biological and social interventions


My outreach reflects my research and classroom teaching responsibilities. Topics include: tree risk assessment and management, pruning, selection, benefits mapping, photovisualization, management planning, ordinances and governance, urban ecology, trees in construction zones, shade tree casualty loss, tree health care, and more.



  • Society of American Foresters
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • International Society of Arboriculture Southern Chapter
  • Georgia Arborists Association
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