Yamaha Hands Out $65,000 in GRANT Awards
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.”
Yamaha Expands GRANT Program
Yamaha has announced the expanded platform for its GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) program, along with a new name: Outdoor Access Initiative. Designed to extend support to off-highway vehicle (OHV) users in a wider variety of outdoor activities, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative supports safe, responsible use and open sustainable access to trails and riding areas.
“Yamaha is the leader in supporting our industry and customers on OHV issues as well as conservation, land access and safe, responsible use of ATV and SxS vehicles – whether in recreation, hunting or agricultural settings,” says Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group vice president. “The GRANT program always has welcomed applications from diverse groups. With this new name, we make it clear that the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative actively encourages the submission of projects that support safe, responsible use of OHVs as well as sustainable access to land for all outdoor enthusiasts.”
Yamaha Hands Out $62,000 in GRANTs
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. has announced the recipients of the second quarter GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) awards from its OHV Access Initiative.
Yamaha contributed more than $62,000 to projects supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable OHV access to trails and riding areas. This includes a continuing GRANT supporting the Off Road Business Association (ORBA). Yamaha’s support will assist ORBA in its ongoing efforts to secure OHV access rights in Johnson Valley as well as U.S. National Forest Service properties throughout California. Other 2013 Q2 Yamaha GRANT recipients include:
Yamaha Approves 10 New GRANTs in the First Quarter of 2012
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s, OHV Access Initiative has approved 10 new projects supporting responsible, safe OHV riding and open, sustainable OHV access to trails and riding areas across the country.
The GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) were awarded in the first quarter of this year, and support a variety of local, regional and national organizations.
“Yamaha received a number of quality applications this past quarter from U.S. National Forest properties seeking support for the restoration or improvement of their OHV trail systems,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS marketing manager. “Public lands are a vital source of OHV trails across the country, and with dwindling budget allocations from the federal government, the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative has become an important resource to land managers across the country.”
Yamaha Employees Support OHV Areas in Southern California
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. prides itself on its role in supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas by GRANTing nearly $2 million through its OHV Access Initiative since 2008. This financial support has proven critical in areas such as building bridges over fish-baring streams, improving thousands of miles of trails, and renovating staging areas.
In addition to financial support from the OHV Access Initiative, Yamaha employees out of the company’s Cypress, Calif., headquarters have taken on a personal obligation to support this mission as well.
Earlier this October, more than 60 employees, family members and friends convened in the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) volunteering more than 200 work hours and kicking off a long-term restoration project at the popular Cactus Flats staging area near Big Bear Lake. Volunteers reached some initial restoration goals through weeding, grubbing, seed collecting, planting native shrubs, watering and other important clean-up projects.
“It’s exciting to see so many Yamaha employees volunteer their weekend and get their hands dirty in support of our local mountains and OHV areas,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS group marketing manager, who participated in the volunteer project and helps spearhead the OHV Access Initiative. “The San Bernardino National Forest Association has a model OHV program that garners thousands of volunteer hours every year. We’re happy to do our small part for our local trails, and we encourage OHV enthusiasts across the country to continue to keep their riding areas safe and sustainable, as well as look to our OHV program for support.”