Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announced that the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative awarded more than $350,000 in funds and equipment to 26 grant recipients in 2016. The final grants for 2016 comprised more than $73,000 awarded to four recipients, including support for both National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) and the Progressive Agricultural Foundation’s Safety Day program.
“For a decade, Yamaha has been supporting National Hunting and Fishing Day’s message of responsible outdoor recreation and open access, and with an Access Initiative grant to the Progressive Agricultural Foundation, we extend that message to families and youth in the farming and ranching communities across the country,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV and SxS group marketing manager. “With the challenges facing access to our nation’s land, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative remains a steadfast resource supporting those working to responsibly, safely and sustainably protect and expand the opportunities for enjoying the outdoors.”
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative continues to serve the greater outdoor recreational community, promoting safe and responsible use of ATV and side-by-side vehicles, as well as providing support for grassroots projects that protect, expand and improve access to land for diverse, public use and enjoyment. Most recently Yamaha worked to spread awareness of the importance of open and sustainable access at the 2017 National Shooting Sport Foundation’s (NSSF) SHOT Show in Las Vegas -- an event that brought together more than 64,000 professionals in the shooting, hunting and outdoors industry.
As the powersports industry’s leading land access advocate protecting the interests of those who work and play outdoors, Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative supports off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders and drivers, as well as those who rely on land access to camp, hunt, fish or farm. The 2016 Q4 Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant recipients are:
- Alvwood Squaw Lake ATV Club, Minnesota
- Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association, Montana
- National Hunting and Fishing Day – Wonders of Wildlife, Missouri
- The Progressive Agriculture Foundation, Alabama
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative continues to accept qualified applications for consideration of support and funding. For more information on the Outdoor Access Initiative, or to submit a grant application, visit www.YamahaOAI.com.