Yamaha OHV access initiative contributes more than $136,000

Yamaha’s Grassroots Program Begins Fourth Year of Supporting Safe, Responsible Riding and Open, Sustainable Access for Motorized Recreation

CYPRESS, Calif. – May 11, 2011 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s national OHV Access Initiative announced its pledge of 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 nonprofit or tax exempt organizations around the country implementing projects to promote safe, responsible OHV riding and open, sustainable riding areas.

The first quarter of 2011 featured a remarkable number of well-qualified applications submitted for consideration. Ultimately, the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative 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

“2011 marks the fourth year of Yamaha’s OHV Access Initiative and we continue to be impressed by the dedication of the OHV community across the nation in serving the interests of responsible riding and sustainable access,” Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS marketing manager, said. “As always, we look to riding clubs and land managers to identify projects that can make an impact and come to Yamaha for support.”

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. The quarterly review calendar for 2011 is as follows:

Submission Schedule Approval Deadline
• December 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011 • April 29, 2011
• April 1 – June 30, 2011 • July 29, 2011
• July 1 – September 30, 2011 • October 31, 2011
• October 1 – November 30, 2011 • January 13, 2012

About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies and other members of the OHV community in the United States. A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects.

Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not limited to:
• Trail development, restoration and maintenance
• Trail signage and map production
• Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
• Land stewardship, trail safety and education

Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available at: www.Yamaha-Motor.com/OHVAccess. For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email [email protected] or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.