Tours and Trails

AFRF staff can provide guided tours of the Research Forest to visiting researchers and natural resources professionals. Please contact us for details.

AFRF also provides public access to the following demonstration and interpretive trails:

Trail Name

Trail Theme

Brochure

Rainbow Trail Rainbow Trout spawning and rearing habitat needs and stream restoration techniques are shown.

yes

Mule Deer Trail Mule deer winter range ecology and timber harvesting in winter range habitat is showcased.

yes

Single Tree Selection Trail The trail demonstrates a visual example of single-tree selection management of dry Douglas-fir forest in mule deer winter range.

no

Clumpy Spacing Trail The trail demonstrates the following treatments for mule deer winter range enhancement: 5 m between clumps, 3 m between clumps, normal MOF District spacing and a control.

no

Western Spruce Budworm Spacing Trail The trail demonstrates a field trial to determine if spacing can reduce the impact of budworm by removing the trees that the budworm can web down to in “clumpy spaced” stand. It also shows the prescriptive process used on these stands.

no

Enhanced Silviculture Treatments in the ICHmk3 Trail The trail goes through an experimental area comparing juvenile spacing, fertilization and pruning with a control in an ICH moist, cool zone.

no

Dry-belt Dynamics Trail Whether commercial thinning in dense dry-belt Douglas-fir forests provides mule deer winter range habitat (in the medium term) in the absence of regular ground fires is researched

yes

From Thick to Thinned – A Loop Trail Commercial Thinning and Juvenile Spacing in a dense, small diameter Douglas-fir stand, as well as a control, are demonstrated on this block.

no

Gavin Lake Soils Trail This trail showcases permanent, technical soil profiles of 4 sites.

yes

Shelterwood Trail A MOF/West Fraser Mills/UBC uniform shelterwood research project addressing retention of various basal areas and tree regeneration is explored.

yes

Walk of Doom Trail Forest health factors (spruce weevil, browsing, summer frosts) causing silvicultural difficulties in a stand are described.

yes

Incremental Silviculture of Lodgepole Pine Trail The influence of stand density and nutrition on growth of lodgepole pine and understory vegetation, as well as the response of small mammal populations to these treatments, is demonstrated.

yes

Armillaria Trail Identification, management and research of Armillaria root disease at the Gavin Lake Block is examined.

yes