The Gunnar Nilsson & Mickey Lammers Research Forest is a 248 hectare land parcel located about 19 km north of downtown Whitehorse.
Named after 2 Yukon forestry pioneers, the land has been the primary site of forest research in Yukon since its inception in 1964. Research topics have included:
In addition to research, the forest is used for education and recreation. Interpretive signs highlight research along trails and the forest is often visited by school groups. Its playground, trails, views and beautiful setting on the Takhini River make it a great place to take the family for a hike, run, or a geo-caching expedition.
The research forest boasts over 10 km of trails ranging from a quick stroll to a long hike. Whether it’s a walk with the dog or a picnic with the family, it offers the perfect convenient setting to rest and recharge. Parking is available directly off the North Klondike Highway and trails are easily navigated through signage and free trail maps located on site. Hikers, bikers and skiers make use of the trails, benches and viewing areas. Parents and children can enjoy the forestry-themed playground and picnic area.
Up for a high-tech treasure hunt? We have cleverly hidden 10 educational geocaches along or near the trail system. When you find the treasure box, you can read an educational card inside and learn about the forest or about research activity nearby. To find out the coordinates of the treasure, go to geocaching.com and register for a free account.
Have fun exploring outside and enjoy our trails responsibly and trash in, trash out.
The Gunnar Nilsson and Mickey Lammers Research Forest was originally reserved in 1964 by the Canadian Forest Service for the purposes of forest research and forest management studies.
Following transfer to the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1971 a number of studies were established and some infrastructure developed but no long term plans were ever put in place.
The forest came under Yukon government management in 2003 as a result of devolution.
The research forest is unique in the circumpolar world because of its overall size, length of time it has captured research data and representative environmental values. The strategic plan outlines the government’s vision and values associated with the future use of the research forest. This vision sees a forest that showcases sustainable forest management in Yukon and promotes excellent forest research, stewardship and provides opportunities for forestry education and recreational activities.
We are interested in your feedback. If you are currently conducting forestry related research or are considering initiating a research project in the Yukon, we are interested in hearing from you.