About

The Alex Fraser Research Forest (AFRF) is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the T’exelcemc, Xatsu’ll and Esket First Nations. The AFRF was established in April 1987 and is held under Forest Act tenure by the UBC Faculty of Forestry. It is managed according to a management plan that integrates ecosystem-based management with provincial regulations, the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan and sub-regional plans. The AFRF operates a self-sufficient forestry enterprise that supports our education, research and demonstration activities.

Physically, AFRF is subdivided into two blocks that cover a variety of biophysical geography. The Gavin Lake block (6 315 ha) is adjacent to Beaver Valley near Quesnel Lake and transitions from the Sub-boreal Spruce (SBS) to the Interior Cedar Hemlock (ICH) biogeoclimatic zones. There are lakes, streams, wetlands and gently rolling hills throughout this area. Tree species compositions include mixed stands of Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine and trembling aspen, as well as western redcedar, hybrid spruce (white x Engelmann) and subalpine fir. The Knife Creek block (3 487 ha) near 150 Mile House and adjacent to the San Jose Valley occurs predominantly in the Interior Douglas-fir (IDF) biogeoclimatic zone with a portion transitional with the Sub-boreal Pine Spruce zone. Here the terrain is gentle and the climate is dry. Uneven-aged Douglas-fir with some lodgepole pine is the predominant tree species composition. For more detailed information about the ecosystems of the Research Forest see “Site Units of the University of British Columbia Alex Fraser Research Forest” (13 MB).

Research Reserves (>30 ha each) are maintained in each of the three biogeoclimatic zones represented to provide unmanaged comparisons to the managed matrix existing on the balance of the Research Forest.

A good road system provides access to most areas of the Forest. High-clearance vehicles with 4-wheel drive are recommended, though Gavin Lake Camp itself can be accessed by cars and buses.

Gavin Lake Block Map (11″ x 17″ pdf)

Knife Creek Block Map (11″ x 17″ pdf)

AFRF in detail via GoogleEarth