Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative contributed more than $150,000 in funds and equipment to 12 grant recipients in the second quarter of 2017. This quarter reflected the program’s broad appeal to the motorized and outdoor recreation community with several projects focused on creating and protecting motorcycle access and riding opportunities across the country.
“From a ground-up motorcycle riding park in Cleveland to restoring trails damaged by California wildfires, the projects submitted this quarter speak to the diversity of recreation opportunities the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative supports,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s Recreational Vehicle Group vice president. “The common denominator for outdoor recreation of all types is access to land, and the Access Initiative is here to support those who show the initiative to take on the projects that make it possible.”
As the powersports industry’s leading land access advocate protecting the interests of those who work and play outdoors, Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative supports off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders, as well as those who rely on land access to camp, hunt, fish or farm. The 2017 second quarter Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant recipients are as follows:
· City of Cleveland, Ohio
· Friends of Cow Mountain: Ukiah, CA
· Friends of the Dillon Ranger District: Silverthorne, CO
· Indian Valley Creek ATV Club: Fayette County, PA
· Marion County 4-H Club: Ocala, FL
· Nevada County Woods Riders: Nevada, CA
· North Country ATV: New Stratford, NH
· Quail Forever: GA Chapter
· Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation: National
· Stewards of the Sequoia: Wofford Heights, CA
· Thunder Mountain Wheelers: Delta, CO
· Utah Community-Based Conservation Program/Utah State University: Utah
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative continues to accept qualified applications for consideration of support and funding. For more information on the Outdoor Access Initiative, or to submit a grant application, visit www.YamahaOAI.com.
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the industry leader in guaranteeing responsible access to our nations land for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable public use. A committee then reviews each application and awards grants to deserving projects. Examples of appropriate projects for grants include, but are not limited to:
· ATV, Side-by-Side, Motorcycle and Snowmobile riding and outdoor recreation areas
· Trail development, restoration and maintenance
· Trail signage and map production
· Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
· Land stewardship, access, safety and education
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include ATVs and Side-By-Side Vehicles, Motorcycles and Scooters, Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors, Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, Golf Cars, Race Kart Engines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States. Headquartered in California since 1960, YMUS also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia.
For more information about Yamaha, visit YamahaMotorsports.com.