Yamaha Motor Corp., USA of Cypress, Calif. handed out more than $200,000 in the second round of its OHV Access Initiative GRANTs.

Yamaha says this money provides funding to projects supporting safe, responsible riding and sustainable, open riding areas across the country.

“Interest in the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative continues to grow as more organizations learn about this relatively new program,” says Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s general manager of ATV and side-by-side operations. “Yamaha dealers are embracing the program and actively assisting their local public land agencies, OHV clubs and associations in a combined effort to supply and support a safe and responsible off-road environment.”

A total of 17 organizations from 14 states received GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) funds for projects including OHV park development, trail mapping, signage, building materials for trail heads and construction equipment for trail development.

In just over six months, Yamaha’s OHV Access Initiative has awarded in more than $390,000 to nonprofit organizations that help support responsible, open access.  The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative review committee will award GRANTs in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $25,000 to the following organizations:

  • Arapaho National Forest/Clear Creek Ranger District
  • Amity Rescue Squad
  • Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
  • Black Hills National Forest
  • Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan
  • Harland County Ridge Runners ATV Club
  • Hazard/Perry County Tourism
  • Indian Creek Valley ATV Club
  • Mining City Trail Riders (MCTR)
  • Moto-Trax
  • Northwood Riders OHV Club
  • Oswego County ATV Club
  • Roxbury Riders
  • San Bernardino National Forest Association
  • Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office
  • Triangle Volunteer Fire Dept
  • Thedford Volunteer Rescue Squad

    Yamaha recently entered into a partnership with the San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA), which is less than 100 miles from Yamaha’s corporate offices. On May 20, 2008 Yamaha staff worked the first annual ‘Trail Clean Up Day’ alongside members of SBNFA’s OHV Volunteer Program in support of Yamaha’s locally adopted trails.

     “As leaders in the OHV industry, it’s natural for Yamaha to be on the front line of the access issue,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/ side-by-side operations marketing manager. “Participating with SBNFA and the Trail Clean Up Day is one way of getting our hands dirty to make a difference for our local trails. The SBNFA has a model OHV Program and this is a great example of the type of efforts we’d like to see nationwide.”

    Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available at: www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess.

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