In its largest quarter of funding to date, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., through its OHV Access Initiative, donated more than $200,000 in cash and equipment to projects supporting safe, responsible riding and sustainable, open riding areas across the country. Sixteen organizations from 11 states received GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) funds for projects, according to a company press release.
Some of the projects include: Trail mapping equipment and staffing; legislative lobbying efforts; responsible OHV rider education and outreach campaigns; signage and building materials for trail heads; campground supplies; and construction equipment for trail development.
The company states that so far in 2008 it has awarded nearly $600,000 in GRANTs to support the greater OHV community including public land managers, private landowners, riding clubs and associations in their efforts to produce and maintain areas for off-highway vehicle use.
“The growing response to, and need for, the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is indicative of the desire for enthusiasts and advocates to enjoy OHVs in a safe and sustainable manner,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s general manager of ATV and side-by-side operations. “In light of changing national policy on OHV access, the community will have a continuing need for our GRANTs to directly fund projects that help maintain access to existing trails and responsibly create new opportunities for OHV use.”