Our Mission

Edward C. “Ted” Childs

The Great Mountain Forest (GMF) encompasses more than 6,000 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 promote the working forest as a renewable resource, as a habitat for wildlife and as a classroom for training and education.

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.