Yamaha awards new grants for outdoor initiatives
As motorcycle enthusiasts, we celebrate everything that happens outside. Whether it’s riding a bike, dirtbike or streetbike, whether you love hiking, fishing or camping, spending time outdoors recharges our mental and physical batteries and makes us better people. . We salute the financial commitment that Yamaha has made and continues to make to maintain access to outdoor activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Read about the Yamaha Outdoor Access initiative in the press release below.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA recently announced the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) award grants totaling $145,175 for the second quarter of 2022 in support of its ongoing mission to protect, improve and expand access to public lands for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter, Yamaha OAI resources have been deployed to support national efforts, as well as specific projects that directly impact the future of motorized recreation. Projects funded during the second quarter grant cycle include:
- Developed a database of public land occupations to help raise awareness and involve the public in protecting access for recreation.
- Host a land manager training workshop on sustainable trail construction and maintenance to protect the safety of cyclists and the future of access to public lands.
- Extensive trail rehabilitation and rerouting efforts to enhance off-road experiences while protecting sensitive environments.
- Introduce kindergartens to cycling.
“We continue to prioritize projects that offer innovative and sustainable solutions to land access issues for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter’s contenders have delivered in many impactful ways and we are excited to continue to be involved in making real progress in the field,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha Motorsports Marketing Director. “We are further delighted to continue our partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee to support their efforts to build 150 miles of legal motorized trails on the Northumberland Plateau.”
The Q2 2022 grants were awarded to six applicants:
- Colorado Wilderness Public Lands – Basalt, CO
- Indian Creek Valley ATV Club – Indian Head, Pennsylvania
- Limestone Trail Hawks – Aroostook County, ME
- National Off-Road Vehicle Conservation Council
- All children’s bikes
- The Nature Conservancy – Tennessee Chapter
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The application deadline for consideration in the third quarter of this year’s funding cycle is September 30, 2022, and riding clubs, land stewardship associations and public land managers are encouraged to work with Yamaha dealers to identify projects and request support. To help those considering applying for a Yamaha OAI grant, visit YamahaOAI.com for submission guidelines, an application, answers to frequently asked questions about the program, and summaries of some typical projects.
About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Since 2008, the Yamaha Outdoor Access initiative has led the powersports industry in supporting responsible access to our country’s public lands for outdoor enthusiasts. With more than $5 million donated to 400 projects across the country, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreational trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, provided provided farm organizations with essential ORV safety training, built bridges over fish-bearing streams, and partnered with local outdoor communities across the country to improve access to public lands. 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 air and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding, and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible, and sustainable public use.
Updated guidelinesapplication form, information and new on the Outdoor Access Initiative are available on YamahaOAI.com. For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email [email protected] or write to:
Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Bldg. 100
Marietta, Georgia 30066
About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include motorcycles and scooters, ATVs and side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, WaveRunner watercraft, boats, outboard motors, outdoor power equipment, power-assisted bicycles, golf carts, power-assisted wheelchair systems, surface mounts. Technology (SMT) and robotic machines, unmanned helicopters, accessories, clothing, Yamalube products and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.
YMUS has a headquarters in California, two headquarters in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Other US-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida), Kracor Systems (Wisconsin) and Siren Marine, Inc. (Rhode Island), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).
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