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Meet Gus, the large larch tree


Asa Thomas Metcalfe

Gus, the world's largest Larch, sometimes referred to as a 'champion larch' stands two feet taller than the Statue of Liberty and is over 1,000 years old.

One of Seeley Lake's oldest residents is one of quite high distinction. While their place in the community may not be known to all, it literally dwarf all others.

Gus is not only the tallest tree in the state of Montana, but he is also the tallest western larch tree in the world. Standing at 163 feet, two feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, Gus is a subtle local legend.

He isn't prominently advertised, and for all intents and purposes he is just another in the many trees of the Jim Gerard Grove. But for those who venture into the forest near Camp Paxson and find Gus, the memory can be q...

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