The value of the wood of western larch has been the subject of much controversy.
Some of the annual cut of lumber credited to western larch does not belong to it.
The wood of western larch is heavier than longleaf pine, and approximately of the same weight as white oak.
The western larch reaches its best development in northern Idaho and Montana on streams which flow into Flathead lake.
The seasoning of western larch has given lumbermen much trouble.
It is very common in sycamore and in western larch, particularly in the butt portion.
Approaching the park from the east the routes pass through open western yellow pine forests and western larch stands.