Energy, Mines and Resources


Gunnar Nilsson & Mickey Lammers Research Forest

Research Forest Open House

Tuesday, August 20
1 to 5 p.m.
North Klondike Highway, 1 kilometre north of the Takhini River bridge, Whitehorse

Join us at the Gunnar Nilsson and Mickey Lammers Research Forest. Our Forest Management Branch staff will be on hand to show you around our network of trails and explain our many ongoing forest research projects.

The Bike Flow trail is currently being expanded to a 6.5-kilometre loop. The trail starts at the corner of the forestry-themed playground. Bring your bike and try out the trails!

You can also try your hand at geocaching or bring the kids to play in our forest-themed playground.

Refreshments will be provided.

About the research forest

The Gunnar Nilsson and Mickey Lammers Research Forest is 248 hectares named after 2 Yukon forestry pioneers. The land has been the primary site of forest research in Yukon since 1964.

Our commitments include research, education and recreation.


Our research has included studies on:

  • forest productivity
  • provenance trials
  • community ecosystem project
  • thinning trials
  • assisted migration adaptation trial
  • genetic trials
  • agriculture trials


The Research Forest is the perfect place to learn about Yukon’s forests. Over 300 youth have visited the research forest to date in 2018. High school students attend the Envirothon at the Research Forest every September.


Our trails
We have over 13 km of trails at the Research Forest. They are open to the public. Hikers, bikers and skiers make use of our trails, benches and viewing areas. You can take a quick stroll or a long hike. We just added a new 1.5 km bike trail in 2017 and a bike skills park in 2018.

Everyone is welcome to visit our forestry-themed playground.

Bike Skills Park
Located right beside the children’s playground.

We have 10 educational geocaches along or near the trails. When you find the treasure box you can read an educational card inside and learn about the forest or about research activity nearby. Register for a free geo-caching account to find the coordinates of the treasure boxes.

Parking: Available directly off the North Klondike Highway

Pets: Pets are welcome, but please keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

Free trail maps are available on site and trails are marked.



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. 

Strategic plan

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.

Research - Contact Us:

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.

General Inquiries
Phone: 867.633.7908
Fax: 867.667.3138