In its largest quarter of funding to date, Yamaha Motor Corp., USA of Cypress, Calif. donated more than $200,000 in cash and equipment through its OHV Access Initiative GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nations Trails).

Yamaha’s funding goes to projects supporting safe, responsible riding and sustainable, open riding areas across the United States. Sixteen organizations from 11 states received GRANT funds in the third quarter of 2008.

GRANT funds are helping projects including: trail mapping and staffing, legislative lobbying efforts, responsible OHV rider education and outreach campaigns, signage and building materials for trail heads, campground supplies and construction equipment for trail development.

Yamaha continues to support the greater OHV community including public land managers, private landowners, riding clubs and associations in their efforts to produce and maintain areas for off-highway vehicle use. So far this year Yamaha has awarded nearly $600,000 in GRANTs.

“The growing response to, and need for, the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is indicative of the desire for enthusiasts and advocates to enjoy OHVs in a safe and sustainable manner,” says Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s general manager of ATV and side-by-side (SxS) operations. “In light of changing national policy on OHV access, the community will have a continuing need for our GRANTs to directly fund projects that help maintain access to existing trails and responsibly create new opportunities for OHV use.”

The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative review committee will award GRANTs to the following organizations:

  • Bell County Fiscal Court – Bell County, Kentucky
  • Black River Valley Riders ATV Club – Jefferson County, New York
  • Breathitt County Fiscal Court – Jackson, Kentucky
  • Gem State ATV – Idaho
  • Missouri Dirt Riders – Defiance, Missouri
  • Nebraska OHV Association – Nebraska
  • North Country ATV – Saratoga County, New York
  • Off Road Business Association – California
  • Pilgrim Sands Trail Riders – Hanson, Massachusetts
  • Richfield Township – St. Helen, Michigan
  • Ride Safe Virginia – Dinwiddie County, Virginia
  • Ride With Respect – Moab, Utah
  • San Juan Trail Riders – Durango, Colorado
  • Tread Lightly – Utah
  • Tug Hill Wheelers – Carthage, New York
  • Western Slope ATV – Grand Junction, Colorado
  • “We are just starting to get the progress reports from the first applicants receiving GRANTs at the beginning of the year and it is very encouraging to see what the awardees have been able to accomplish,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager.  “From these early results it is clear that the OHV Access Initiative is performing its mission.”

    Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from organizations such as non-profit or tax-exempt OHV riding clubs, national forests and associations, and national, state and local government agencies. A committee reviews each application and awards financial GRANTs to deserving projects. Applications for the fourth quarter will be accepted through November 30, 2008.  Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available at: www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess. For questions regarding the OHV Access Initiative, groups can 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.

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