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Jan. 21, 2008 – Yamaha begins grant program for off-road projects

January 21, 2008
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Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has begun a new program that will provide funding to groups involved in supporting or creating open riding areas, the company said in a press release.
The program, called OHV Access Initiative, will allow Yamaha to look quarterly at funding projects that support responsible, open access.
“Yamaha’s new OHV Access Initiative gives us the opportunity to directly support OHV access projects on a local level across the country — from Oregon to Florida, from Texas to Minnesota,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s general manager of ATV and side-by-side operations.
Yamaha did not reveal how much funding will go toward the grants. Applications from organizations such as nonprofit or tax-exempt OHV riding clubs, national forests and associations and national, state and local government agencies will be accepted.
A committee then will review each application and award grants.
“This is a long-term initiative, and to make it successful, Yamaha realizes we have to support projects that promote not only open access, but sustainable riding areas,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager. “We look forward to getting to know these local riding groups, identifying their individual needs and working closely with them each year to help keep their riding areas open and even create new opportunities where possible and appropriate.”
Examples of appropriate projects could include:

  • Trail development, restoration and maintenance;
  • Trail signage and map production;
  • Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance;
  • Safety and education.
    Yamaha has posted a new Web page with detailed information and a downloadable guidelines and application document. The Web site also will serve as home for news and information as the program evolves. psb

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