Research Forests

The Faculty of Forestry has two Research Forests where students can enhance their classroom learning with field studies and researchers can establish projects requiring forested environments.

These are working forests, where students, faculty, and researchers from UBC and beyond can study in an outdoor setting. Forest management, silviculture, forest harvesting, forest ecology, and conservation figure prominently in studies conducted at the Research Forests.

Alex Fraser Research Forest

The Alex Fraser Research Forest is located near Williams Lake and showcases sustainable forest management practices in a range of forest ecosystems of the B.C. Interior. It provides long-term site security for research projects, inexpensive researcher accommodation, and an outdoor classroom for both education and demonstration. Students, researchers, professionals, and visitors are welcome.

Malcolm Knapp Research Forest

The Malcolm Knapp Research Forest is located near Maple Ridge and is close enough to campus for students to visit for field trips or project work. UBC’s Wild & Immersive outdoor youth programs are run out of here as well as the Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre which provides meetings, conferences, and retreats to adult and youth groups.