Together with public land managers, Yamaha Motorsports dealers and t outdoor enthusiasts, Yamaha OAI supplies funding and support to help those working to protect access to public land for outdoor recreation at the local, state and federal level.
To date, the program has funded over 350 projects across the nation and Yamaha continues to seek OAI grant submissions for projects from outdoor enthusiasts and associations – all of whom share the common need for land access to enjoy their lifestyle. Projects receiving OAI grants often have a strong stewardship component, as well as an inclusive community of users working together, ensuring all types of outdoor recreationists can enter public land sustainably and safely. All nonprofit or tax-exempt outdoor recreation groups and land stewardship organizations can inquire and, if appropriate, apply for funding at YamahaOAI.com.
“Consistent effort to protect, improve, and increase access to our public lands is necessary for sustaining outdoor recreation opportunities for all, and Yamaha has more than a decade of experience showing we’re the reliable and available resource working on these issues,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “With the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative surpassing the $4 million funding mark, we’re elated and even more committed to its mission: providing support for efforts promoting safe, responsible use of OHVs, educating the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and protecting appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.”
Yamaha is awarding more than $115,000 in the current funding cycle to support efforts protecting and improving admittance to public land and educating the public on safe, sustainable recreational use by all. These recipients received Yamaha OAI grants for trail maintenance, safety signage, land stewardship programs, and efforts aiding in protecting access to motorized recreation areas. The beneficiaries are:
- CRISTA Camps – Kitsap, County, Washington
- Day Mountain Road Association – Avon, Maine
- Great Falls Trail Bike Association – Great Falls, Montana
- National FFA
- Off Road Business Association – Oceano Dunes SVRA, California
- Richfield Township – Genesee County, Michigan
- University Medical Center of El Paso – El Paso, Texas
- Westcore, Inc. – Montrose County, Colorado
- Washington Off Highway Vehicle Association