Just an email that I copied/pasted off of pirate. New wheeling places are always good! Trees Ranch I love getting emails like this one.... Hi Laura, please forgive the unsolicited email. I was speaking to Brett Burnett yesterday and I was discussing the best way to get the word out about a new wheeling venue in Central Texas and recommended contacting you. Let's start with some introductions I am Michael Thompson, I live in Austin and I have been and am affiliated with several clubs in Austin area. Regrettable, we do not have a strong club organization here. The clubs that do exist are small and poorly organized. There is little to no cohesion among the various groups. I find myself participating a great deal with a club from San Angelo Concho 4 Wheelers. My wife is from San Angelo and we spend a good bit of time there. About two years ago the C4W placed an add in a Texas Ranching publication advertising that local 4wd club would exchange work for access to wheeling. Mr. Trees a rancher near Kerville answered the add, he and the C4W president at the time, Kenneth Wright started forging a relationship. I got involved soon after. Essentially, we struck an informal deal with Mr. Trees where by we periodically cut cedar paths to his deer blinds in exchange for the privilege to wheel his 5000 acre exotic game ranch. In addition, we give him a fee of $20 a person for the weekend for the use of his bunkhouse and facilities. We have been developing this place for the last 2 years and have just begun to scratch the surface of what the ranch has to offer. We have built some two dozen trails ranging in difficulty from mild to near impossible. It has really been a battle of man power, it takes work to develop a place of this size and the meager efforts of one club just are not enough to get it done. Until '03 we really have not promoted this property, we have worked hard to earn Mr. Trees trust and the goal was to have things more formalized i.e. trail markers, trail ratings, etc... in place before "going public", for a lack of a better term. The reality is we just don't have the man power to make this happen this year without assistance. The current House Bills under consideration and other limitations make private venues like Mason, Wheeling Ranch, TMTC facilities, and potentially the Trees' Ranch the only viable recreational wheeling alternatives in the coming years. Laura, I would very much appreciate it if you could get the word out about this new wheeling opportunity in hopes of drumming up support in making this a viable option for TX wheelers. Please take a look at the links below for more information. The next trip is the weekend of March 15&16 and we plan trips monthly through until winter. Thanks for your time Best regards, MT BTW, are do live in the Mineral Wells area? I thought I saw something to that effect in an email months back. http://treesranch.homestead.com/index.html http://www.txtrailriders.com/gallery/treesFeb Other pics available at my site http://www.yellowtj.com ....he said 5000 acres didn't he?