Gilnockie Creek Ecological Reserve was established to provide an undisturbed area for silvicultural research on western larch, and a genetic bank for that species.
Ecological reserves protect special natural ecosystems, and support research and education. They are not intended for outdoor recreation. However, this ecological reserve is open to the public for non-destructive activities like hiking, nature observation and photography. Consumptive activities like hunting, fishing, camping, or foraging are prohibited. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.