MARIETTA, Ga., March 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces that the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) has awarded grants totaling over $250,000 for the third and fourth quarters of 2021. Dollar grants, bringing the previous year’s funding to more than $600,000. Since 2008, Yamaha OAI has worked tirelessly at the service of the motorized and outdoor recreation community, providing over $5 million in essential support to local and national organizations working to maintain access to public lands and improve productive partnerships between recreation seekers and land managers to promote and provide much-needed funds for safe, responsible recovery.
“The surge in outdoor recreation is both exciting and frightening. While we love to see families spending time outside, this reinforces the need to work together to preserve and protect the land so we can cherish it today and in the future,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsport Marketing Manager . “In recognition of the increased use and resulting attention and resources that our nation’s public spaces require, we are proud to approve thirty new Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grants in 2021 – the most we have combined into one since 2009 year.”
From the outset, Yamaha OAI has selected projects with the highest potential to offer recreational seekers more and enhanced ways to enjoy the United States’ outdoor public spaces. In recent rounds of funding, the organizations recognized for support span both national and local footprints with diverse communities and interests to create a comprehensive advocacy approach to access to public lands for outdoor recreation.
“We have been working with Yamaha and their Outdoor Access Initiative for more than a decade. During this timeframe, we collectively launched our One Voice program, bringing together numerous equestrian groups with public land managers to form formal partnerships that benefit all interests in land access,” said Fred Wiley, President and CEO of the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA). “Yamaha has a tradition of taking leadership roles to support the off-road driving community and ensure there are opportunities to drive safely and responsibly for generations to come.”
ORBA is among the recipients of Yamaha OAI grants for Q3 2021, along with the following organizations:
Future School of Fort Smith (Fort Smith, AR)Lakeland ATV Club (Minocqua, WI)Nevada Outdoor School (Winnemucca, NV)The Great Outdoors Fund (National)
Yamaha Q4 2021 OAI grants were awarded to:
City of Caribou (Aroostook County, ME)University Medical Center of El Paso (Texas)Motorcycle Riders Association (Medford, OR)National Forest Foundation (Flagstaff, AZ)Pathfinders Motorcycle Club of Connecticut (Thompson, CT)San Diego Off-Road Coalition (California)Three Rivers Land Trust (Salisbury, NC)Wild Rivers Coast Mountain Bicycling Association (Coos Bay, OR)
The application deadline for consideration in the first quarter of the 2022 funding cycle is March 31, 2022. Submission guidelines and an application for a Yamaha OAI Scholarship are available at YamahaOAI.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search all platforms using one of the following hashtags: #Yamaha #YamahaOAI #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA
About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Since 2008, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the powersports industry by supporting outdoor enthusiasts responsible access to our nation’s public lands. With more than $4.5 million donated to 400 projects across the country, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreational trails, maintained and rehabilitated equestrian and hunting areas, improved staging areas, provided agricultural organizations with basic OHV provided safety education and built bridges over fish-bearing streams and worked with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations, including OHV equestrian clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation groups, that have an interest in protecting, enhancing, expanding and/or the Conservation have access for safe, responsible and sustainable public use.
Updated policies, application forms, information and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available 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 [email protected], or write to:
Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Yamaha Motor Corp., USA 3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Bldg. 100 Marietta, GA 30066
About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS) is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-growing product offering includes motorcycles and scooters, ATV and side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, WaveRunner personal watercraft, boats, outboard motors, outdoor power equipment, power-assisted bicycles, golf cars, power-assisted wheelchair systems and surface mount technology (SMT) and robotic machines, unmanned helicopters, accessories, apparel, Yamalube products and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers throughout the United States.
YMUS has corporate offices in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and manufacturing 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 divisions G3 Boats (Missouri) and Yamaha Precision Propellers (Indiana).
ATVs over 90cc are only recommended for riders 16 years and older. SxS vehicles are only recommended for licensed drivers aged 16 and over.
MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Newby Yamaha Motor Corp., USA 770-420-6078 Scott—[email protected]
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