CYPRESS, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. is
proud to announce the first GRANT awards, totaling more than $190,000, from
its OHV Access Initiative designed to support safe, responsible riding and
sustainable, open riding areas. GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to
our Nation's Trails) were given to 19 organizations across the country to
fund projects including OHV trail and park development, trail mapping,
safety and land stewardship programs and lobbying efforts to increase OHV
access on public land.
Yamaha's OHV Access Initiative was launched in January 2008 as a
proactive, grassroots program enabling Yamaha dealers and customers to fund
deserving projects in support of responsible, open access. Today's
announcement reflects the Initiative's activity for the first submission
period; more than 35 applications were submitted by the February 29
"We are pleased at the enthusiastic response to the OHV Access
Initiative in just the first few months," said Mike Martinez, Yamaha's
general manager of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) Operations. "It is truly
gratifying to see the amount of work that is being taken on by OHV
enthusiasts and public land managers across the nation in support of this
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative review committee will award GRANTs in
amounts ranging from $1,000 - $35,000 to the following organizations:
Advocates for Access
ATV Association of Minnesota
Colorado OHV Coalition
Coos County Sheriff's Office
Economic Development Alliance for Oscoda County
El Paso County Parks and Leisure Services
Friends of Florida State Forests
Grapevine/Chavies Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept.
Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association
Idaho ATV Association
Jefferson County Soil & Waiver Conservation District
Morrow County Public Works/OHV Park
Motorcycle Riders Association
North Folk John Day Ranger District/Umatilla National Forest
Thunder Mountain Wheelers
Tri County ATV Recreation & Rescue Association
Tri County Trail Riders
United Desert Gateway
McClellan Creek OHV Trail/Black Kettle National Grassland
"GRANT requests came from all types of organizations large and small
including riding clubs, National Forests, even a volunteer fire
department," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha's ATV/SxS marketing manager. "We look
forward to our work with these and future OHV Access Initiative GRANT
awardees to help establish and maintain open riding areas."
As a requirement of funding, GRANT recipients will provide project
status and completion reports to help ensure each project is successful.
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative will see projects to fruition and help
each GRANT recipient communicate their successes through the program's new
web site and more.
Detailed information on the OHV Access Initiative, including
downloadable guidelines and application forms, is available at:
http://www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess. For questions regarding the OHV
Access Initiative, groups can call Yamaha's dedicated OHV Access Initiative
number 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.
Each quarter, Yamaha will accept applications from organizations such
as non-profit or tax-exempt OHV riding clubs, national forests and
associations and national, state and local government agencies. A committee
then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects.
Applications for the second quarter will be accepted through May 31, 2008.
Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not
-- Trail development, restoration and maintenance
-- Trail signage and map production
-- Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
-- Safety and education
Yamaha ATVs and SxS vehicles are designed, engineered and built tough!
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA headquarters are located in Cypress, California.
For more information on Yamaha, visit http://www.yamaha-motor.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Van Holmes
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
SOURCE Yamaha Motor Corp.