Yamaha OHV Access Awards $50K

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Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., awarded more than $50,000 in GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) to ATV riding clubs and public land management agencies across the country in the OHV Access Initiative’s mid-year funding cycle for 2010.

Mike Martinez (general manager of Yamaha’s ATV and Side-by-Side Operations) says: "Two years into the program, we continue to see the OHV community respond and apply for resources with well-designed projects that support the safety and sustainability of motorized recreation nationwide."

Since the introduction of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative in 2008, 129 organizations have received GRANT funding for projects that directly support responsible OHV riding and open access for motorized recreation.

Steve Nessl (Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager) says: "As we evaluate the effectiveness of the OHV Access Initiative, it is clear that a significant portion of our GRANTs benefit areas that might otherwise be lost to OHV riding,"Our GRANTs are supporting local, state and federal public lands in 30 states, and we know there are still many critical areas that need funding. If your riding area needs help, we strongly encourage you to consider submitting an application."

Yamaha GRANTs were awarded to five qualified recipients from applications received during the program’s second quarter funding cycle.

Awardees include:
· Arkansas Trail Blazers ATV Club
· U.S. Bureau of Land Management – Pocatello, Idaho
· Mountain Trail Riders Association – Jonesborough, Tenn.
· Red Rock Rider’s ATV Club – Pengilly, Minn.
· Washington State Department of Natural Resources – Capitol State Forest

About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative

Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs, national forests and associations, and national, state and local government agencies.

A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects. Applications for the third quarter of 2010 must be postmarked by September 30, 2010.

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

Guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available at: 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@yamahamotor.com, or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.