The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) has pledged to donate at least $500,000 this year to organizations that improve access to land for outdoor recreation in honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 24 support. Yamaha OAI, National Public Lands Day, and National Hunting and Fishing Day all share a common goal to protect and conserve public lands for outdoor recreation.
This Saturday, Yamaha OAI encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy what they work to protect. Organizations that share OAI’s goals are encouraged to apply for a grant by September 30th. For more information, see the press release below.
MARIETTA, Ga. (September 21, 2022) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, encourages people to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors on Saturday, September 24 in honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day). In recognition of these events, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) is renewing its annual pledge to provide $500,000 to organizations supporting access to land for outdoor recreation and is encouraging grant applications before the next quarterly deadline of May 30. September.
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National Public Lands Day invites volunteers across the country to help restore and preserve public lands—from national parks to local urban green spaces—that align directly with Yamaha OAI’s goal of making public lands conducive to outdoor recreation protection. To date, over the past 14 years, the Yamaha OAI program has provided over $5 million in funding and equipment to more than 425 projects to support outdoor recreational athletes working to protect and improve access to public lands and educate everyone about safe and sustainable recreational use. Yamaha OAI has proven to be the industry’s most trusted partner and a significant resource for those who rely on access to public land for work and play.
Also, National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates its 50th anniversary on September 24th. NHF Day events are organized each year by Wonders of Wildlife to spread awareness of conservation and the economic benefits, traditions and values of hunting and fishing. Yamaha OAI is a founding partner of Wonders of Wildlife’s Live It! program and a supporter of its efforts to expand NHF Day events across the country. These events play an important role in raising awareness of the issues of public access and outdoor recreation, and the Live It! The program supports local conservation groups that want to host or enhance NHF day events but have limited resources.
Because access to public lands is best protected through responsible and sustainable visitor practices, Yamaha OAI works with the Recreate Responsibly Coalition (RRC) on a variety of activities, including signage for land managers, to educate visitors about the appropriate and responsible use of To clear up paths and riding arenas. Those interested in requesting signs can simply fill out a form at the following link: Yamaha OAI / RRC Responsible Use Signage Request.
“Last year we made a commitment to award half a million dollars to outdoor projects and we are proud to say we exceeded that goal,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager. “Our lives are rooted in nature, and Yamaha’s direct and significant financial support of Wonders of Wildlife, Recreate Responsibly and so many other outdoor organizations help enable recreation on public lands. In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Land Day, we are pleased to renew our annual commitment to provide at least $500,000 in 2022 to organizations that help create outdoor recreation opportunities to accomplish.”
The Yamaha OAI program encourages equestrian clubs, land stewardship associations and public land managers to work with Yamaha dealers to identify projects and apply for support. Yamaha OAI is a one-stop shop for outdoor organizations looking for support for their next project. Visit the Yamaha OAI website for application details or examples of some typical projects the program supports for inspiration.
The application deadline for the third quarter of the 2022 funding cycle exam is September 30, 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 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 provided to 425 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, agricultural organizations with basic OHV 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 with an interest in protecting, enhancing, expanding, and/or maintaining of access for safe, responsible and sustainable public use.
Updated guidelines, an application form, information and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available on the YamahaOAI website. 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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