Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is contributing more than $65,000 in cash and equipment to eight GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) recipients under the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative. According to Yamaha, the projects awarded GRANTs support the program’s industry-leading dedication to safe, responsible riding and open sustainable access to land, trails and riding areas for OHV users.

“The OHV community is embracing the expanded platform of the Outdoor Access Initiative and we encourage all recreationists who rely on OHVs to access the outdoors to keep an eye out for projects that promote and protect that access,” says Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group vice president. “We recognize that by broadening the scope of the GRANT program, we increase competition for the funds available but, as a result, we expect to see projects that have a greater benefit to all OHV enthusiasts.”

Funding and equipment were awarded by the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative to the following organizations:

• Carbon County, Utah • Coos Riders Association, Oregon • National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) • Texas Motorized Trails Coalition • Androscoggin Valley ATV Club, New Hampshire • Field of Dreams Trails Park, New Jersey • Norton Branch Fire & Rescue, Kentucky • Ride with Respect, Utah

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has a new website (www.yamahaoutdooraccess.com). Visitors can choose to submit an application with the required attachments directly to the online platform, rather than emailing into the program. As always, the site features the GRANT cycle calendar, and riding clubs, outdoor enthusiast associations, land managers and conservationists can also find the current Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT guidelines for submission. Yamaha continues to seek qualified projects and applications at local, state and federal levels. The next deadline to submit a GRANT application is Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

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