Project 5: Access Maintained

Access Maintained

"Supporting our local and OHV communities is important to Yamaha and we plan to continue to grow the OHV Access Initiative and support more outdoors areas across the country." STEVE NESSL
Yamaha's ATV & SXS Dept.

In order to ensure appropriate and responsible public access for all users, approved offhighway trails must be maintained. With that in mind, employees of Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., joined members of the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA) by volunteering more than 500 hours to improve offhighway vehicle (OHV) trails and staging areas and plant 2,250 trees in the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF). As part of its OHV Access Initiative, Yamaha works closely with the SBNFA as a sponsor of OHV trails including the adoption of a heavily used staging area and section of trail in the SBNF near Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

To promote safe, responsible riding and sustainable, open riding areas, Yamaha created the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative, a nationwide, grassroots program supported by its dealers and customers. Through the OHV Access Initiative, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., provides financial support to deserving organizations by way of its G.R.A.N.T. (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nations Trails) program. Similarly, Yamaha supports Outdoor Life's Save-a-Stream program, an initiative that brings volunteers together to clean up local waterways, providing greater recreational enjoyment for today's sportsmen and future generations.

Members of Yamaha's ATV & Side-by-Side (SxS) department, along with representatives from the ATV enthusiast press, recently participated in an OHV area clean-up led by staff and volunteers from the USFS and SBNFA in and around Yamaha's adopted areas. In addition, nearly 90 Yamaha employees, along with family and friends, joined a second-year program by the USFS, the SBNFA, and the Los Angeles-based TreePeople organization to help reforest burn areas in Southern California by planting more than 2,200 bareroot seedlings.

Adopting trails, spearheading trail clean-up efforts and planting trees in burn areas is how Yamaha leads by example. Through its OHV Access Initiative, Yamaha works diligently to ensure sustainable, appropriate public OHV access and continues to encourage everyone to operate their vehicles safely and responsibly. In addition, its sponsorship of Outdoor Life's Save-a-Stream aids in the restoration of America's waterways, one stream at a time. For more information, please visit www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess.