Yamaha continues to support outdoor motorized recreation. Through its Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI), the company is continuing to build meaningful partnerships with local and national outdoor recreation and land stewardship organizations across the USA.
The company’s latest OAI grants support a wide range of outdoor recreation projects. Everything from OHV staging area maintenance and infrastructure development, to trail rehabilitation, signage, and mapping is part of Yamaha’s OAI.
National level support
At the national level, OAI grants largely support land stewardship programs and outdoor recreation education. The goal is to promote the benefits and diversity of outdoor experiences to families and youth across the country.
Yamaha’s Motorsports Marketing Manager, Steve Nessl, had this to say about Yamaha’s OAI program:
“Mirroring the goals of Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative, the recent passing of The Great American Outdoor Act will help public land managers across the country tackle the enormous backlog of necessary maintenance and conservation projects, allowing everyone to continue enjoying our nation’s lands.”
“Yamaha OAI funds can extend and accelerate the effort in restoring America’s lands, supporting safe and sustainable outdoor recreation and access for all. Work-ready community or outdoor enthusiast organizations with an interest in land stewardship for outdoor recreation are encouraged to reach out to us for help.”
1st and 2nd quarter grants
In the first and second quarters of this year, Yamaha OAI grants totaling more than $155,000 were awarded to the below organizations:
- The Great Outdoors Fund, Washington, D.C. (Kisatchi National Forest, LA)
- North Country ATV, New Stratford, NH
- Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, Indian Head, PA
- Lake County Department of Forestry, Lake County, MN
- National Hunting and Fishing Day
- Northwest Motorcycle Association, Washington State
- Ravalli County Off-Road User Association (RCORUA), Hamilton, MT
- Ride with Respect, Moab, UT
- Southern California Mountain Foundation, San Bernardino, CA
- TreadLightly!, Inc., Centerville, UT
- Upper Peninsula Recreational Off-Road ATV Riders, Kingsford, MI
And Yamaha’s OAI has been active for more than ten years now. To date, Yamaha has donated more than $4.25M in grants to more than 370 projects across the USA.
Participating in OAI
If your non-profit organization would like access to some of Yamaha’s OAI grants, you can find the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative application schedule, submission guidelines and application forms at YamahaOAI.com
It’s great to see a major manufacturer reaching out to support the sport we love. Thanks, Yamaha, for helping our sport and helping maintain our precious resources.