Several existing dirt roads in the Big Bear, California, area were recently targeted for closure. Watershed is the issue, although Don Alexander of Backcountry 4×4 points out that snowmaking at the local ski area is responsible for infinitely more silt runoff into Big Bear Lake than recreational motorized travel.

We received an email from industry friends pertaining to this matter, and wish to make our readers aware of what’s going on in the San Bernardino Mountains.

If these trails are closed, it will impact off-road travel and use for OHV, Jeeps and 4x4s in the Big Bear and Holcomb Valley regions.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has taken a leading role in supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas by GRANTing nearly $2 million through its OHV Access Initiative since 2008.  This financial support has proven critical in areas such as building bridges over fish-baring streams, improving thousands of miles of trails, and renovating staging areas.

In addition to financial support from the OHV Access Initiative, Yamaha employees out of the company’s Cypress, Calif., headquarters have taken on a personal obligation to support this mission as well.

Earlier this October, more than 60 employees, family members and friends convened in the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) volunteering more than 200 work hours and kicking off a long-term restoration project at the popular Cactus Flats staging area near Big Bear Lake.  Volunteers reached some initial restoration goals through weeding, grubbing, seed collecting, planting native shrubs, watering and other important clean-up projects.

“It’s exciting to see so many Yamaha employees volunteer their weekend and get their hands dirty in support of our local mountains and OHV areas,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS group marketing manager, who participated in the volunteer project and helps spearhead the OHV Access Initiative.  “The San Bernardino National Forest Association has a model OHV program that garners thousands of volunteer hours every year.  We’re happy to do our small part for our local trails, and we encourage OHV enthusiasts across the country to continue to keep their riding areas safe and sustainable, as well as look to our OHV program for support.”