About Us: History


After graduating from the University of Georgia Forestry School in 1947 and serving in World War II, Frank Norris began a forester's career working in private industry, as a consultant, and later as owner of a pulpwood dealership and logging business. With his experience in the industry, Frank initiated TimberMart-South in 1976 as a price reporting service to benefit both private landowners and industry professionals. Frank worked diligently to provide this valuable service to private companies, consultants, landowners, and others.

Nineteen years later in 1995, The Frank W. Norris Foundation was established as an independent, non-profit organization devoted to the continuation of publishing TimberMart-South, an unbiased timber price reporting service. The board driven Foundation acquired all rights and assets of TimberMart-South and moved to the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources to compile, publish and distribute TimberMart-South's products.

Mr. Thomas G Harris, a professor at Warnell, was appointed Publisher and Director of TimberMart-South and grew the publication until his retirement in 2019. Mr. Jonathan Smith, Executive Director and long-time employee of TimberMart-South, currently runs operations from offices located at University of Georgia's Whitehall Forest.

TimberMart-South remains a trusted source of available and reliable information used to empower members of the forestry community to make more informed business decisions about the management and valuation of their forests and timber resources.

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