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Awards for Second Half of 2013 Support Safe, Responsible Riding and Sustainable, Open Access for Motorized Recreation
Cypress, Calif. (PRWEB) February 18, 2014
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., awarded more than $290,000 in 2013 through its Access Initiative providing critical funding to OHV communities, riding groups and land managers across the U.S. Yamaha is the industrys leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nations Trails (GRANTs), supporting the programs mission of safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable OHV access to trails and riding areas nationwide since 2008.
Highlights from the 2013 GRANT year include:
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is expanding its vision to include conservation, land management and educational groups like the National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and National Future Farmers of America, said Mike Martinez, Yamaha ATV and SxS vice president. These organizations are focused heavily on public land access, volunteerism, leadership and education, and Yamaha is in a position to help them -- alongside the core OHV enthusiasts -- in a meaningful way.
As in previous funding cycles, the second half of 2013 saw projects submitted from the spectrum of OHV concerns and opportunities on public and private lands. Issues mitigated with Yamaha OHV Access Initiative funding included creating legal access from trail systems to nearby facilities and amenities, dust and erosion control systems, building new or replacing inadequate bridges over environmentally sensitive areas or fish-bearing waterways, and ensuring land managers and trail volunteers had the tools and materials necessary to keep trails safe and open and expand the riding opportunities in their areas. Yamaha GRANT recipients for the third and fourth quarters of 2013 include:
Yamahas OHV Access Initiative made great strides in 2013 with two new states Wyoming and North Dakota receiving funding, and with that we are that much closer to having GRANT projects in all 50 states, said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS marketing manager. We have taken a much more proactive stance in seeking out OHV access opportunities to fund and support and look forward to expanding our platform in 2014.
The 2014 GRANT cycle calendar is available at http://www.yamahaohvaccess.com where riders, clubs and land managers can also find the current OHV Access Initiative GRANT application form and guidelines for submission. Yamaha continues to seek qualified projects and applications at local, state and federal levels. The next deadline to submit a GRANT application is Monday, March 31, 2014.
About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nations Trails (GRANTs). Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, maintained and rehabilitated countless riding areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local riding communities across the country to improve the OHV experience. 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 and other members of the OHV community in the United States. A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects. Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not limited to:
Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available here. For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamahas dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess(at)yamaha-motor(dot)com or write to:
Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee
6555 Katella Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630-5101
About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The companys ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit http://www.yamaha-motor.com.
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