Yamaha-OHV-Logo-11-10-11CYPRESS, Calif. – May 29, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces the expanded platform for its GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) program, along with a new name: Outdoor Access Initiative.  Designed to extend support to off-highway vehicle (OHV) users in a wider variety of outdoor activities, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative remains the industry leader in supporting safe, responsible use and open sustainable access to trails and riding areas.

“Yamaha is the leader in supporting our industry and customers on OHV issues as well as conservation, land access and safe, responsible use of ATV and SxS vehicles – whether in recreation, hunting or agricultural settings,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group Vice President. “The GRANT program always has welcomed applications from diverse groups.  With this new name, we make it clear that the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative actively encourages the submission of projects that support safe, responsible use of OHVs as well as sustainable access to land for all outdoor enthusiasts.”

Yamaha-OHV-Logo-11-10-11CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces it is the recipient of a 2013 Outstanding Contribution Award from the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) in recognition of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative’s significant, sustained service to increasing and protecting access to OHV trails and riding areas across the country.

The NOHVCC honored Yamaha’s Access Initiative at the 32nd annual NOHVCC conference in Orlando, Fla., this week.  During the award ceremony, the NOHVCC acknowledged the many accomplishments achieved by the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative since its GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) program was created more than five years ago.  To date, more than 200 GRANTs and $2 million in funding and equipment have been contributed by Yamaha in pursuit of the program’s mission to promote safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas.

Yamaha-OHV-Logo-11-10-11CYPRESS, Calif. – October 1, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., volunteers completed a three-year project at one of the nation’s most popular multi-use off-highway vehicle (OHV) staging areas located in the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF).

As part of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative and with support of the Southern California Mountains Foundation’s (SCMF) OHV program, volunteers gathered recently for a final round of planting, cleaning and maintaining the popular Cactus Flats staging area and surrounding trails.

This was the final project in a three-year commitment by Yamaha to help restore Cactus Flats and save the staging area from misuse and erosion.  Thanks to the combined efforts and critical work done by the SCMF and SBNF – and including the Yamaha volunteer projects – Cactus Flats is no longer at risk and is back to its old self as one of the premier staging areas in the forest.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces the fifth anniversary of its OHV Access Initiative, the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs).  Launched in January, 2008, the program has aggressively funded the ever growing and diverse needs of the OHV community in support of its mission of promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable access to riding areas. A few of the highlights of the past five years include:

·         200 GRANTs and more than $2 million in funding and equipment in pursuit of the program’s mission.

·         GRANT-funded projects in 37 of our 50 states.  The GRANT tracker map showcases the program’s cross-country appeal and highlights future opportunities for underrepresented areas.

·         Yamaha employees have personally embraced the tenets of OHV Access Initiative, putting in more than 1,500 volunteer man-hours planting trees, clearing trails and supporting restoration efforts on company-adopted trails in the San Bernardino National Forest.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s, OHV Access Initiative – the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs) – approved new funding last month that will help seven different organizations across six states.

These organizations are helping to implement Yamaha’s mission of supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas through a variety of projects on the ground level.  Since its inception in 2008, the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative has funded nearly 200 such projects across the country.

To date, Yamaha has funded projects in 36 states in pursuit of its goal to support OHV access projects nationwide.  This number continues to increase as Yamaha receives quality applications from around the country.  New Hampshire received its first Yamaha GRANT this cycle with funding provided to the North Country ATV club based in North Stratford.

CYPRESS, Calif. – August 1, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s, OHV Access Initiative – the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs) – approved nine projects supporting responsible, safe OHV riding and open, sustainable OHV access to trails and riding areas across the country.  The second quarter GRANTs for 2012 exceeded $122,000 bringing Yamaha’s direct investment in the OHV community nationwide to more than $2 million since its inception in 2008.

The recent funding cycle for the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative featured a new national partner in the protection of recreational access to public lands.  The National Wild Turkey Federation joins Yamaha’s growing list of national OHV industry and land stewardship leaders.

“Yamaha is proud to work with diverse organizations with a national reach to help bring needed attention to the concerns facing motorized recreation in this country,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS marketing manager.  “Organizations such as TreadLightly, the Off-Road Business Association and, now, the National Wild Turkey Federation, utilize their networks to identify OHV riding area projects across the country, bring them to our attention and coordinate resources to address issues large and small for the benefit of the larger OHV community.”

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s, OHV Access Initiative – the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs)

– today announced a significant contribution to the nation’s OHV trail network with GRANTs funding five projects in the third quarter that support 4,500 miles of OHV trails across the country.  Further, the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative announces the schedule of submission and decision deadlines for 2012 with a call to the OHV community to identify quality projects for consideration of support from the GRANT fund.

“More than 160 Yamaha GRANTs have been awarded since the Initiative’s inception in 2008, but we want to do more,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS marketing manager.  “The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative has grown into the number one industry resource for the OHV community in its support of riding areas across the country, and we encourage riders and public land managers to work together to identify and submit projects for consideration of a GRANT.”

Five organizations were awarded GRANTs totaling more than $40,000 in the third quarter 2011 funding cycle of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative:

  • 808 MX ATV Association – Hilo, Hawaii
  • Forest County ATV Association – Laona, Wis.
  • Long Island Recreational Trails Conservancy – Long Island, N.Y.
  • North Country ATV Association – Greenville Center, N.Y.
  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest – Redding, Calif.

Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, maintained and rehabilitated countless riding areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local riding communities across the country to improve the OHV experience.  Yamaha is actively seeking qualified projects at local, state and federal levels.  The 2011 OHV Access Initiative GRANT application form and guidelines are available at www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess.  The deadline to submit an application for consideration in the fourth quarter GRANT funding cycle is November 30, 2011.

The quarterly review calendar for 2012 is as follows:


Submission Schedule
Approval Deadline
• December 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012 • May 4, 2012
• April 1 – June 30, 2012 • July 31, 2012
• July 1 – September 29, 2012 • October 31, 2012
• October 1 – November 30, 2012 • January 11, 2013

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 OHVAccess@yamaha-motor.com or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.