Mission: To provide a world class environment for research and education in forestry and allied sciences.
Located in Maple Ridge, BC, the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF) was established in 1949 by a Crown Grant to the University of British Columbia. This “working” forest of 5,157 hectares was designed to be a facility for research, demonstration, and education in the field of forestry and allied sciences. With over 200km of trails and roads, MKRF staff maintain access to the forest for researchers as well as the public for recreation purposes. To date, more than 1,000 research projects have been conducted with 100 active projects happening at any given time.
MKRF’s lands are managed to conserve and protect fish, water, soil, biodiversity, community values and traditional indigenous uses.MKRF focuses on the responsible use of resources to ensure sustainability. In order to fund operations and create new research opportunities, sections of the forest are harvested and replanted annually. Staff at MKRF also manage a small 250 hectare woodlot license in accordance with the Forest Practices Code of BC.
UBC’s Wild & Immersive outdoor youth programs are run out of MKRF as well as Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre which provides meetings, conferences, and retreats to adult and youth groups. MKRF is also home to Gallant Enterprises, a full service, custom-cut sawmill and timber manufacturer.