press release | August 26, 2022
New Yamaha grants support public land managers, recreational athletes and thousands of children across the country
The following is a press release from Yamaha…
Marietta, GA (August 25, 2022) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the award of Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grants totaling $145,175 for the second quarter of 2022 in support of their ongoing mission to protect, known to improve and expand access to public lands for motorized recreation and outdoor recreation. This quarter, Yamaha OAI resources were deployed to support national efforts as well as specific projects that directly impact the future of motorized recreation. Projects funded in the second quarter funding cycle include:
- Developing a database of public property deals to increase public awareness and participation in protecting access to recreation.
- Conducted a workshop to educate land managers on sustainable trail construction and maintenance to protect rider safety and the future of public land access.
- Significant efforts to clean up and re-route trails to enhance the off-road experience while protecting sensitive environments.
- Introduce kindergarten teachers to cycling.
“We continue to prioritize projects that offer innovative and sustainable solutions to the issues associated with access to land for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter’s entrants have produced impressive results on many fronts and we look forward to continuing to be involved in making real progress on the ground,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsport Marketing Manager. “We are also pleased 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 scholarships for the second quarter of 2022 were awarded to six applicants:
- Colorado Wild Public Lands – Basalt, CO
- Indian Creek Valley ATV Club – Indian Head, PA
- Limestone Trail Hawks – Aroostook County, ME
- National Council for the Conservation of Off-Highway Vehicles
- All children’s bikes
- The Nature Conservancy – Chapter of Tennessee
The application deadline for consideration in the third quarter of this year’s funding cycle is September 30, 2022, and equestrian clubs, land stewardship associations and public land managers are encouraged to work with Yamaha dealers to identify projects and apply for support. To support those considering applying for a Yamaha OAI Scholarship, visit YamahaOAI.com for submission guidelines, how to apply, 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 been at the forefront of the powersports industry in supporting responsible outdoor access to our nation’s public spaces for outdoor enthusiasts. With more than $5 million in 400 projects nationwide, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreational trails, maintained and rehabilitated equestrian and hunting grounds, improved staging areas, provided basic OHV safety education to agricultural organizations and built bridges across 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 with an interest in protecting, enhancing, expanding, and/or maintaining of 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
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