The treehouse goes back to the time the Franciscan brothers managed the Ranch in the 1970’s. Over the years it became a favorite part of the Ranch and an important refuge. Hundreds of parents have heard their excited children pipe the words, “Can we go to the treehouse?” immediately upon arrival. The walk down the trail and through Keepo Creek canyon to the old oak is a beloved ritual.
In 2009 it became apparent that the beautiful coast live oak that hosts the treehouse is a host itself to bark beetles and fungus. Tree experts were consulted and their advice was that the current treehouse area should be closed. Subsequently the treehouse was removed from the tree as limbs began to die.
The future plan is to create a new treehouse by a nearby tree that has been selected. A plan for this is being developed that is respectful of the new tree, depending on it less for support, and being careful of the environment. But it but will require planning, materials and hard work.
Volunteers have come forward to help with the work, but this project is not included in the Ranch budget, so additional funds must be raised. The first part of the work is estimated to cost $20,000.
If you or members of your family have enjoyed the treehouse, would you please consider making a donation to the project?
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Thank you for your support. The Bishop’s Ranch is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Tax ID #94-1156840.