CYPRESS, Calif. – August 1, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs), today announces the recipients of the second quarter GRANT awards from its OHV Access Initiative. This funding cycle contributed more than $62,000 to projects supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable OHV access to trails and riding areas.
The Q2 funding cycle of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative included a continuing GRANT supporting the Off Road Business Association (ORBA). Yamaha’s support will assist ORBA in its ongoing efforts to secure OHV access rights in Johnson Valley as well as U.S. National Forest Service properties throughout California. Other 2013 Q2 Yamaha GRANT recipients include:
· Itasca County Land Department, Minn.
· Racers Under The Son, Ore.
· Rock Run Recreation, Pa.
· Valley ATV Riders, Maine
“The Johnson Valley OHV Area is the largest of its kind in the country, and Yamaha strongly supports ORBA’s work with the disparate interests to ensure OHV enthusiasts can continue to enjoy this remarkable riding opportunity,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS marketing manager. “ORBA’s effort to protect OHV access is a terrific example of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative in action, and we encourage other OHV communities to find the opportunities in their areas and consider applying for a GRANT.”
Yamaha is actively seeking qualified projects at local, state and federal levels. The current OHV Access Initiative GRANT application form and guidelines are available online at www.yamahaohvaccess.com. The next deadline to submit a GRANT application is Monday, September 30, 2013.
About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s 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:
· Trail development, restoration and maintenance
· Trail signage and map production
· Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
· Land stewardship, trail safety and education
Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available here. For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@yamaha-motor.com or write to:
Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee
6555 Katella Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630-5101