yamaha pledges up to 500k to protect outdoor recreation


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MARIETTA, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is pledging up to $500,000 in Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant funds for 2019. As part of this effort, Yamaha has already awarded more than $130,000 in funding and equipment to 13 organizations in the current funding cycle, supporting their efforts to protect and improve recreational access to public land.

“The government shutdown earlier this year put admittance to many public lands and recreational opportunities further at risk, yet thanks to the incredible support of grassroots organizations across the country, many of these properties have remained open for everyone to enjoy,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha motorsports group marketing manager. “The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has been committed to supporting and protecting outdoor recreation for over a decade by providing resources to make a difference in the quality and sustainability of access to our nation’s public land.”

Here are the 13 organizations that have recently received funding from the Yamaha OAI program:
  • Marion County 4H Association – Ocala, Florida
  • Mississippi State University Extension 4-H – Mississippi State, Mississippi
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day
  • Off-Road Riders Association, Black Hills National Forest – Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Oregon Department of Forestry, Tillamook State Forest – Tillamook, Oregon
  • Over the Hills Gang ATV Club – Outing, Minnesota
  • Schoolcraft County Motorized Trail Association – Manistique, Michigan
  • Southern Trail Advocates and Riders – Jamestown, South Carolina
  • Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation – Columbus, Ohio
  • Stillwater Trail Riders – Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Toledo Trail Riders – Swanton, Ohio
  • Yakima Valley Dust Dodgers Motorcycle Club – Yakima, Washington
  • Your Forests Your Future/Salmon Valley Stewardship – Jackson, Wyoming
Over the past 10-plus years, the Yamaha OAI program has contributed nearly $4 million in funding and equipment to more than 300 grant recipients across the U.S. Yamaha continues to seek out OAI grant recipients for projects from ATV, Side-by-Side, motorcycle, snowmobile, and outdoor enthusiasts and associations. Projects receiving grants often have a strong stewardship component, as well as an inclusive community of users working together, ensuring all types of outdoor recreationists can enter public land sustainably and safely.

Examples of appropriate projects for grants include, but are not limited to:
  • Trail development, restoration and maintenance
  • Trail signage and map production
  • Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
  • Land stewardship, safety and education
Interested parties can find more info and submit a grant application at YamahaOAI.com. For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@Yamaha-Motor.com, or write to:

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Bldg. 100
Marietta, GA 30066
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