Yamaha recently announced that its OHV Access Initiative pledged more than $136,000 in GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nations Trails) for the first quarter funding cycle of 2011. The GRANT funds are awarded to non-profit or tax exempt organizations around the country implementing projects to promote safe, responsible OHV riding and open, sustainable riding areas.
According to the committee, the first quarter of 2011 saw a number of well-qualified applications submitted for consideration. Ultimately, the review committee awarded grants to 10 projects in this funding period. The $136,000 will go toward critical efforts including trail development, maintenance, signage and mapping as well as protecting OHV access to federal public lands.
GRANTs were awarded to the following organizations:
• Aitkin County Land Department, Mo. – Northwoods Regional ATV Trail System
• Central Arizona Trails, Inc. – Wildcat OHV Staging and Trail System
• Central Oregon OHV Operations – Cline Buttes Recreation Area and Three Trails OHV Area
• Community Forest Trust, Ariz. – Prescott National Forest OHV Ambassadors Program
• Nebraska OHV Association – Headworks OHV Park
• Off-Road Business Association – California Desert District Permitting Management
• Oswego County ATV Club, N.Y. – 2011 Club Trail Development Projects
• Public Park Authority: Cities of Lincoln and Talladega, Ala. – Coosa River Storage Annex OHV Development
• Responsible Recreation Foundation, Colo. – 2011 Stay The Trail Programming
• Washington County Board of Supervisors, Mich. – Warfield Point Park OHV Trail Maintenance
Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, kept open countless riding areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-baring streams and partnered with local riding communities across the country to improve the OHV experience for all.
Yamaha is actively seeking qualified projects at local, state and federal levels. The 2011 OHV Access Initiative GRANT schedule, application form and guidelines are available at www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess.