Mainspring executive director Jordan Smith

Mainspring Conservation Trust’s retiring executive director, Sharon Taylor (left), stands with the newly appointed executive director, Jordan Smith.

The Mainspring Conservation Trust, which has an office in downtown Sylva and played an integral role in preserving the Blackrock Creek property adjacent to Pinnacle Park, has appointed Jordan Smith to be the regional nonprofit’s third executive director.

He takes over March 1 following the retirement of Sharon Taylor.

Smith currently serves as Mainspring’s land conservation director, overseeing all facets of the land protection program and as a member of the senior management team.

The Bryson City resident is a native of Western North Carolina and holds a wildlife management degree from Auburn University. Before joining Mainspring in 2016, he worked with Norfolk Southern in South Carolina where he was part of the management team for the 16,000-acre Brosnan Forest.

Taylor said Smith is a great choice for the organization.

“I’m excited for Mainspring’s future under Jordan’s leadership,” she said. “Jordan will direct a talented staff with new ideas and energy to continue the mission adopted over 20 years ago under the name of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee – saving the natural and cultural resources in this region that make it so special.”

Mainspring is a regional nonprofit dedicated to conserving important land, water and cultural heritage in the six westernmost counties in North Carolina and northern Rabun County, Georgia. For more information, visit