More than $100,000 in funds are being contributed through separate Yamaha OHV GRANTs to Tread Lightly!, the Blue Ribbon Coalition, the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) and the National OHV Conservation Council (NOHVCC), according to a company press release.
“The OHV Access Initiative has made fantastic strides from the grassroots perspective creating and maintaining responsible riding opportunities for local OHV communities,” Mike Martinez, Yamaha's general manager of ATV and side-by-side operations said in the release. “Yamaha’s ability to also support these national projects, combined with our on-the-ground work through dealers and regional staff, continue to elevate the effectiveness of the OHV Access Initiative. The programs we’re supporting through the national organizations address issues that impact OHV enthusiasts from coast to coast.”
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative's national partners for 2009 include:
- Tread Lightly! - Funding the development of a template for recreational maps for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management properties and the Respected Access Campaign.
- ORBA - Funding the organization’s efforts to assist in crafting legislation to protect OHV recreation in the California desert.
- NOHVCC - Funding the organization’s popular land management workshops Webinars and compendium video modules.
- Blue Ribbon Coalition - Funding efforts to support the implementation of the new federal travel management policy on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management properties.