I love larch / tamarack. Probably the best wood in the north for fence post and rails. Almost always perfectly straight, small branches that self prune in dense stands. The smell and colour of the wood are quite attractive. The corkscrew grain can be an issue, but I’ve observed that some populations can be fairly straight, one tree I saw had spiral grain like a Damascus welded gun barrel. European larch (Siberian larch) is better suited for dry land and warmer conditions and was introduced here to good effect by a government agency for shelter belt planting.
Regarding the many comments of members about observing conifer die off around the world, I fear that the underlying cause is climate change. Tree populations are stressed, probably due to many factors, too high summer temperatures, too inconsistent winter temperatures, problems with drought or excessive rain, the appearance of non native disease agents and insects. Lodgepole pine has experienced widespread die off in the Canadian Rockies. The official story has been to blame the mountain pine beetle, but the beetles only attack trees in trouble, so in a healthy forest they maintain health by removing sick trees. Now entire forests are sick. The future isn’t looking good, I fear that optimal forest zones are experiencing drastic climatic dislocation. If a new stability can be achieved it will take active stewardship and a forest generation of regrowth.