Yamaha Protects and Improves Public Lands for Outside Recreation


Marietta, Georgia-Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces completion of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) funding cycle in the first quarter of 2021 with funding decisions totaling $ 225,000. The first quarter applicant pool represented a broad selection of OHV enthusiasts with projects working to provide ATV, side-by-side (SxS), motorcycle and snowmobilers with safe and sustainable trails and driving areas for responsible recreation. As the leading land access program in the powersports industry, the Yamaha OAI remains an essential resource for the grassroots effort initiated by equestrian clubs, land stewardship organizations, and public land administrators across the country.

“We are pleased to see an increase in applications for grants for the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative as the public increases their interest in outdoor and motorized recreational activities,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsport Marketing Manager. “As the number of people visiting state and national parks and forests grows, so does the work required to maintain these public spaces for the benefit and enjoyment of all, and Yamaha remains committed to supporting those who do want to make a difference in protecting and creating access to these countries. “

The Yamaha OAI grants for the first quarter of 2021 totaling more than $ 225,000 were awarded to the following organizations:

  • All Children’s Bicycle / Strider Education Foundation
  • Central Mountain ATV Association, Pennsylvania
  • Darnell Hills – BLM Open OHV Area, Wyoming
  • Day Mountain Road Association, Maine
  • Interior Alaska Trails and Parks Foundation
  • Lakes Region ATV Club, Maine
  • Northwest Motorcycle Association, Washington
  • Osseo Area Dusty Riders, Wisconsin
  • Sault St. Marie Snowmobile Association, Michigan
  • Southwest Wildlife Foundation, Arizona
  • The Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter

For more than 12 years, Yamaha has made quarterly grants to nonprofit organizations that support the needs of equestrian groups, outdoor enthusiasts, land stewardship organizations, and land managers to improve access to public land for outdoor recreation. Yamaha has provided more than $ 4.5 million in support to nearly 400 projects across the country during the life of the program.

Submission guidelines and applications are available on YamahaOAI.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media using @YamahaOutdoors or search for one of the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #YamahaOAI #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA

Via the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

For more than a decade, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the powersports industry to ensure responsible access to the land of our nation for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreational trails, maintained and rehabilitated equestrian and hunting areas, improved rest areas, provided agricultural organizations with basic OHV safety training, built bridges over fish-bearing streams, and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public land. Yamaha accepts requests each quarter from nonprofit 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 public use. A committee then reviews each application and awards grants to earned projects. Examples of suitable projects for grants include:

  • Trail development, restoration and maintenance trail
  • Trail signage and map production
  • Construction, renovation and maintenance of staging areas
  • Land management, security and education

Updated guidelines, application forms, information and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available on YamahaOAI.com. If you have specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), send an email to [email protected] or write to:

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, 100 Bldg
Marietta, GA 30066