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Old 03-10-2006, 12:22 AM   #1
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Jan 26 TPWD Meeting Transcript

I thought this was great from Laura White, reading a GREAT letter from Tim McGill.

MS. WHITE: I am Laura White, Texas Motorized Trails Coalition outreach director. Do your faxes still work? I have about 240 more letters for you in support of the park. I've heard a lot of misconceptions about, from the landowners here today.

I had other things I was going to say, but I think I will just read a letter. This is from Tim McGill, the owner of the Wheeling Ranch. It is not a TMTC property. It is a private property.

He says, "I opened the ranch to off-road vehicles in 2001. My ranch is around 780 acres, in Nocona, Texas. While the ranch is being used for off-road use, we also have other ways that the ranch is used to provide income for our family.

"On the ranch, we raise and breed cattle and horses. We also harvest watermelons along with wheat and hay. I haven't had any trouble with the off-roaders coming to my place. For the most part, they are more concerned with leaving the place better than they found it. The deer hunters that come in once a year leave more trash than the wheelers."

Speaking from my own personal experience, the off-road vehicles and everyday ranching and farming can coincide. The community as a whole has benefitted due to new revenue coming into the town that wasn't there before. This whole town of Nocona, they also have a motorcycle track there, they support off-road. They know that we bring in a lot of money, and that we are good and responsible.

This isn't the only private park that is a ranch also. We have the Trees Ranch in Kerrville. It is 5,000 acres. It is an exotic game ranch. He opens it up for us to wheel on. We have the Klein Ranch, a little ranch on Lake Medina, does the same thing.

We have — we really don't hurt the land. We ride on the trails. We take care of them. We, the users are the ones who build the parks. We, the users are the ones who enforce the rules. We are responsible.

We are going to build with your help a statewide off-road park system that will last for generations, so my grandkids can take their grandkids, ride on the trails that we built. That's it. I never can use up my three minutes when I am up here. Thank you.

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