By trails end, Lewis and Clark had described 178 plants and 122
animals previously unrecorded for science.
Sitka Spruce, a species new to science, was described in detail by
Meriwether Lewis on Tuesday, February 4, 1806:
" there are several species of fir in this neighborhood which I shall
describe as well as my slender botanical skill will enable me... grows
to immense size; very commonly 27 feet in the girth six feet above the
surface of the earth, and in several instances we have found them as
much as 36 feet in the girth or 12 feet diameter perfectly solid and
entire. they frequently rise to the height of 230 feet, and one
hundred and twenty or 30 of that height without a limb."
Modern-day explorers can view a Giant Sitka at Klootchy
Creek Park, Oregon. Klootchy Creek Giant - aka the Seaside Spruce-
is a Sitka Spruce that stands 216 feet tall, measures 56 feet in
circumference and has a crown that spreads 93 feet. That makes if
the biggest tree in the State of Oregon and the biggest Sitka Spruce in
the Country. The Klootchy giant has been named Oregon's first
Heritage Tree, a program that recognizes trees for their connection to
Klootchy Creek Giant is located southeast
of Seaside, Oregon on Highway 26 .