Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announced it awarded more than $127,000 to eight organizations in the fourth quarter grant cycle of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) for 2019, bringing the annual grant total to over $400,000. Projects receiving OAI grants often have a strong stewardship component, as well as an inclusive community of users working together to ensure all types of outdoor recreationists can access and enjoy public land sustainably and safely.
To date, the Yamaha OAI has contributed over $4 million in aid to more than 360 projects across the nation. Grant recipient projects support diverse communities including motorized recreation, biking, hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor recreationists – all of whom rely on access to public land. Yamaha continues to encourage outdoor recreation groups and land stewardship associations to get involved in land access projects, knowing support from the Yamaha OAI program is available to nonprofit and tax-exempt groups.
“Everyone who enjoys the outdoors can play a role in protecting, improving, and even expanding access to public lands,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “The Outdoor Access Initiative has achieved some milestones around helping key stakeholders – those who actually do the work on the ground – secure the funding they require. It’s those making a difference in the field who we should be celebrating while we encourage all to contribute to the sustainability and responsible use of public spaces. Yamaha is proud and primed to continue to support land stewardship efforts in 2020 and beyond to benefit outdoors recreation.”
Recent recipients received Yamaha OAI grants for trail maintenance, safety signage, land stewardship programs and efforts aiding in protecting access to motorized recreation areas. The Q4 2019 beneficiaries include:
- Crested Butte Avalanche Center – Crested Butte, Colorado
- Desert Group Search & Rescue Volunteers – Boron, California
- Patriots All Terrain Club – Pittsfield, Massachusetts
- Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship – Quincy, California
- St. Germain ATV Club – St. Germain, Wisconsin
- Tonto Recreation Alliance – Tempe, Arizona
- Texas Trails Education and Motorized Management – College Park, Texas
- Western Trails Conservancy – Henderson, Nevada
Link: Yamaha Outdoors