About Us

About Aleza Lake Research Forest

The Aleza Lake Research Forest is a 9000 ha university-based outdoor research facility and working forest 60 km east of Prince George, BC . The mandate of the Research Forest is to provide research and education facilities and opportunities to the University of Northern BC and other institutes, universities, government agencies, private sector research, schools and other educational groups with regards to ecosystem and resource management studies within the wet sub-boreal spruce biogeoclimatic zone. The research and education programs are multidisciplinary with an emphasis on:

  • Partial cut harvest systems
  • Biological Diversity
  • Climate Change and
  • Environmental Monitoring in Small Forest Tenures.

The Aleza Lake Research Forest provides a location for field research and education, and also facilitates the development, implementation and evaluation of research and education programs with the user groups.

About the Landbase

The Aleza Lake Research Forest (ALRF) is located in central interior British Columbia, approximately 60 kms east of the city of Prince George and is 9,000 hectares in size. The history of the Aleza Lake Research Forest dates back to the Aleza Lake Forest Experiment Station Reserve established by the BC Department of Forests and Lands in 1924. The experiment station reserve area (later referred to as a research forest), survived and evolved through a variety of administrative and forest tenures over many decades, until its formal recognition as BC’s fourth university research forest in 2001.

ALRF is co-operatively managed by the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC),  the BC government agency, and industry partners, through the non-profit Aleza Lake Research Forest Society.