Since 1987, more than 350 research projects have been initiated at the Research Forest. As forest managers, we seek and provide opportunities for researchers to implement projects at our secure site. We welcome researchers from throughout the University of British Columbia, other universities and colleges, federal and provincial government ministries, the forest industry, outside research institutions, and consultants requiring an outdoor laboratory.

Our Services

  • No-charge assistance with project site selection
  • Free access to all management history data, spatial information, and very detailed ecosystem distribution maps
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation
  • Ensuring project site security, and maintenance of the on-line Research Project Database
  • Cost-recovery assistance such as:  sample and data collection, preparing operational plans, and supervision

How to Establish a Research Project

There are few limitations to the types of projects that we will host on the forest, however, research may not be classified and must pass a screening process for compliance with ethical, environmental, and safety standards (see Researcher Use Policy).

All projects are described on the fully searchable on-line University Research Forests Database located at  Researchers interested in establishing a project can apply by following “Instructions” at that site. The Research Forests’ Associate Director of Learning Engagement can provide you with a “researcher login”, with which you can access the database to submit a new project.

Researcher Accommodation

The AFRF operates two accommodation spaces in the area to facilitate short and long term stays for researchers and students.

Research Cabin at Gavin Lake Camp

Situated on beautiful Gavin Lake, our cabin features three bedrooms with 2 beds each, a full bathroom, laundry facilities, and fully equipped kitchen.  The cabin is serviced with running water, electricity as well as satellite internet. The cabin is 80 km (one hour’s drive) from Williams Lake.  Cabin users need to bring their own bedding, towel, and food. Tap water is potable.

Due to COVID-19, bookings are for the whole cabin for $120/night.  Typically, researchers can have shared use of the cabin at the cost-recovery rate of only $25/person/night.

Private Accommodation at the AFRF Headquarters

With a large yard and wrap-around deck, this fully-furnished, handcrafted Swiss chalet is located on 55-acres of pasture and forest land within 15 minutes of Williams Lake.  It offers 6 bedrooms, 10 beds, 4 bathrooms, gathering spaces, field gear storage, laundry facilities, and a fully-equipped kitchen.  Amenities include running water, electricity, LTE internet, an outdoor dog kennel, snow-clearing services in winter, heated garage, walking trails, and gorgeous views.  Accommodation users are welcome to bring personal belongings, however complete linens are also available.

Due to COVID-19, bookings are currently on a monthly basis for the full facility at $2500/month.  We intend to offer nightly rates for shared use from May to August once health advisories permit.