First Year of Expanded Support for Those Using OHVs to Enjoy the Outdoors; GRANT Projects Showcase Partnership between Land Managers and Riders to Create and Protect Access
CYPRESS, Calif. – June 9, 2015 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announced the first quarter 2015 GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) recipients from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative. This quarter, more than $95,000 was contributed to eight projects supporting the program’s industry-leading dedication to safe, responsible riding and open sustainable access to land, trails and riding areas for OHV users.
“Recognizing OHV riders are also hunters, fishermen, campers, farmers and outdoor enthusiasts, Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative has spent the past year investing in projects that directly benefit the public’s ability to access land for work and play,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group Vice President. “The outdoor recreation community has responded well to the expanded platform of the GRANT program, submitting more thoughtful and well-designed projects that embrace and protect the diverse uses of public land; something we hope to see more of in the coming funding cycles.”
Funding was awarded by the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative to the following organizations:
- Androscoggin ATV Club, New Hampshire
- Beverhead-Deerlodge N.F – Butte Ranger District- Whitetail, Montana
- Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Nevada
- National FFA
- Wonders of Wildlife
- North County ATV, New Hampshire
- Tread Lightly!
- Washington County Board of Supervisors, Mississippi
Riding clubs, outdoor enthusiast associations, land managers and conservationists can find information about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative at www.yamahaoutdooraccess.com. In addition to downloading and reviewing the GRANT guidelines for submission, visitors can submit an application with the required attachments directly to the online platform. Yamaha continues to seek qualified projects and applications at local, state and federal levels. The next deadline to submit a GRANT application is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs). Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, maintained and rehabilitated countless riding areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local riding communities across the country to improve the OHV experience. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit 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 use by motorized off-road vehicles. A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects. 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
Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the Outdoor Access Initiative are available here. For specific questions about the Outdoor Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@yamaha-motor.com or write to:
Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Review Committee
6555 Katella Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630-5101
About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com.
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