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Standing next to 'Gus' looking up. Located in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake Montana

Girard Grove (off Boy Scout Rd.)
Seeley Lake, Montana
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In 1953, in Seeley Lake, Montana, the U.S. Forest Service dedicated a 60-acre old growth grove of Western Larch, (Tamaracks), as a memorial to James W. Girard. The grove, located along the Clearwater River, was discovered in 1896.  Girard had a fondness for the Western Larch and his grove is special, in that many of the trees are 600 years or older. The memorial grove was a cooperative effort of the Lolo National Forest, Intermountain Logging Conference, the Anaconda Lumber Department, the consulting firm of Mason, Bruce, and Girard, and retired Forest Service personnel.

The record-holder tree is a 1,000-year old tamarack known locally as Gus. To be considered as a record tree, it must be nominated, measured and confirmed. Gus is the largest of its species in the world and is believed to have survived at least 40 wildfires over its lifetime. It measures 153 feet tall by 34 feet wide at its crown and is taller than the Statue of Liberty (not counting the statue's pedestal). Near the ground, Gus is 22 feet 9 inches in circumference and 7 feet 3 inches in diameter.

The Girard Grove is one of the finest remaining stands of Western Larch in the United States. Each year in October, Seeley Lake hosts its Tamarack Festival and Brewfest celebrating the annual turning of the tamarack and the old growth trees found in the memorial grove.

information source: forestservicemuseum.org

Looking up at 'Gus', the world's largest Western Larch tree. Located in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake Montana.
Standing next to "Gus" looking up. 4/29/17   Looking up at "Gus", the world's largest Western Larch tree.
Located in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake Montana is the largest Western Larch tree in the world. Standing next to 'Gus', the largest and oldest Western Larch tree in the world. Sign located next to 'Gus', the largest and oldest Western Larch tree in the world.
Located in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake Montana is the largest & oldest Western Larch tree in the world. 4/29/17 Standing next to 'Gus', the largest and oldest Western Larch tree in the world. 4/29/17 Sign located next to 'Gus', the largest and oldest Western Larch tree in the world.
Evidence of burnt trees located in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake Montana, home to the largest & oldest Western Larch tree in the world. Trees as seen from the trail around Girard Grove, in Seeley Lake Montana Standing next to a very large fallen tree in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake, MT
Evidence of burnt trees located in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake Montana, home to the largest & oldest Western Larch tree in the world. 4/29/17 Trees as seen from the trail around Girard Grove, in Seeley Lake Montana 4/29/17 Standing next to a very large fallen tree in Girard Grove.
Restoring Fire to Girard Grove - Sign at the Girard Grove trailhead in Seeley Lake, MT 4/18/17 Salish and Pend d'Oreille People: Expert Use of Fire Sign at the trailhead in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake, MT 4/18/17 Commonly known as agarikon or quinine conk fungus on a western larch tree in Girard Grove, Seeley Lake, MT 4/29/17
Restoring Fire to Girard Grove - Sign at the Girard Grove trailhead 4/18/17 Salish and Pend d'Oreille People: Expert Use of Fire Sign at the trailhead in Girard Grove 4/18/17 Commonly known as agarikon or quinine conk fungus on a western larch tree in Girard Grove