Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s OHV Access Initiative continues to support riding areas across the country including a number of GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) that are helping protect waterways and other natural resources.
As part of its ongoing efforts to support and promote responsible recreation and sustainable access to public lands, Yamaha continues to partner with a number of relevant parties including Outdoor Life’s Save-A-Stream program, and Yamaha has funded several projects that are in line with the Save-A-Stream mission.
“The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative has awarded more than $65,000 toward the construction or rehabilitation of bridges assisting local OHV communities in establishing responsible, sustainable riding and land stewardship practices,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS marketing manager. “Land access issues impact every outdoor activity from OHV trails to hunting and fishing, and Yamaha is proud to do our part and lead the way from the motorsports industry to help assure responsible, sustainable access for all.”
“Yamaha’s commitment to responsible recreational use on public land is a model for the entire industry,” says Andrew McKean, Executive Editor of Outdoor Life magazine. “And the company’s promotion of watershed stewardship and recreational trail maintenance perfectly aligns with our Save-a-Stream program, which connects hunters and anglers with waterways in their own communities. It’s been a great partnership.”
A recent example of a Yamaha-funded project that affects multiple outdoor communities was submitted by the Trailsmen Motorcycle Club for the construction of a new bridge over a Coho salmon-bearing stream on the Tillamook National Forest in Northwest Oregon. This summer the club was awarded a $10,000 GRANT to go toward the purchase of building materials and construction permits.
“The construction of Elmer Trail bridge will make a significant improvement in the safety and sustainability of some of our most heavily used trails on the Tillamook State Forest while protecting aquatic and riparian habitats,” said Lahna Fox, Secretary/Treasurer of the Trailsmen Motorcycle Club. “Without the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative GRANT, this important project would not be possible, and we are grateful to partner with them in supporting our OHV community.”
The Trailsmen Club was one of six organizations awarded GRANTs in the second quarter 2011 funding cycle of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative this year. In total, Yamaha has issued 152 GRANTs in 32 states totaling nearly $2 million since the program started in 2008.
In addition to the Trailsman Motorcycle Club, Yamaha awarded GRANTs in the second quarter of 2011 to the following organizations:
• Flathead Dirt Riders Association, Kalispell, MT
• Francis Marion National Forest, McClellanville, SC
• Ohio Department of Natural Resources
• Friends of Florida State Forests
• Michigan Trails & Recreation Alliance of Land & Environment
Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, kept open countless riding areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-baring streams and partnered with local riding communities across the country to improve the OHV experience for all. Yamaha is actively seeking qualified projects at local, state and federal levels. The 2011 OHV Access Initiative GRANT schedule, application form and guidelines are available at www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess. The quarterly review calendar for 2011 is as follows:
Submission Schedule Approval Deadline
• December 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011 • April 29, 2011
• April 1 – June 30, 2011 • July 29, 2011
• July 1 – September 30, 2011 • October 31, 2011
• October 1 – November 30, 2011 • January 13, 2012
About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies and other members of the OHV community in the United States. A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects.
Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not limited to:
• Trail development, restoration and maintenance
• Trail signage and map production
• Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
• Land stewardship, trail safety and education
Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available at: www.Yamaha-Motor.com/OHVAccess. For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@yamaha-motor.com or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.
About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.