Our Mission

Edward C. “Ted” Childs

The Great Mountain Forest (GMF) encompasses more than 6000 acres of contiguous forestland in the towns of Norfolk and Canaan, Connecticut. GMF is owned and managed by The Great Mountain Forest Corporation, a not-for-profit 501 © 3 private operating foundation.

The charitable mission of the Corporation is to educate about forests and forest management, and to engage in and support scientific research projects involving trees, forests, and other natural resources. Our primary resource is our land, a unique working forest with a history of active management that dates to the early 20th century, and our dedicated staff.

From Great Mountain Forest Corporation’s Certificate of Incorporation in 1962

To encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, the investigation, research, discovery and application of knowledge to the development and use of all types of trees, forests, forest lands and other natural resources. To conserve land and water areas and, in particular, forest areas. To conduct, endow and assist investigation and study related to such purposes and activities in any department of science and to this end to cooperate with governments, universities, colleges, technical schools, learned societies and individuals.

D.F. Russ and E.C. Childs

In an article E.C. Childs and D.F. Russ wrote for The Northern Logger, published in June 1953:

Recreation, the establishment of both research and demonstration projects, the application of forest practices that will best protect the watersheds and maintain an abundant and healthy wildlife population, are all integral parts of a multiple use program. It is a program, however, where the primary purpose is one of forest management for the production of wood for industrial use.