Yamaha Hosts Outdoor Access Event

Jean Turner | April 10, 2018

Yamaha Hosts Outdoor Access Event – In case you didn’t know, Yamaha is a strong advocate of land-use initiatives, and the tuning fork brand puts their money where their mouth is. Yamaha recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative program, which provides funds to efforts ranging from land management and conservation efforts to developing and maintaining OHV areas and trail. Their efforts extend to anything involving outdoor access, including riding, camping, hunting and fishing.

Yamaha Hosts Outdoor Access Event

Yamaha Hosts Outdoor Access Event
We thank these people who are helping preserve our off-road riding trails. Last weekend, they were in Big Bear, California.

Yamaha has put up some impressive numbers over the last decade, with a staggering $3.5 million to land-use initiatives—more than any other manufacturer. They also lay claim to supporting over 10,000 miles of OHV trails across the country, and they’re looking to build on that, particularly in states they haven’t funded yet (looking at you, New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia)!

In celebration of the Yamaha OAI’s 10th anniversary, Yamaha held an Outdoor Access Event for its employees, family and friends up in Big Bear, California at the Cactus Flats trailhead, where Cycle News was offered a closer look at Yamaha’s contributions to outdoor access.

“Our mission is really about responsible, sustainable use and access to open public riding areas and all forms of outdoor recreation,” explained Lisa Spicer, Grant Administrator for the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative. “Outdoor recreation is where we live and breathe and we want to help those who want to go outside and enjoy it.”

Yamaha Hosts Outdoor Access Event

Yamaha Hosts Outdoor Access Event
Sometimes you have to work before you can play.

Yamaha employees, family and friends (kids included!) volunteered some hours alongside USFS OHV volunteers, and activities on the day including trail maintenance, watering (pinion saplings that were planted by the group last year, and need a little help through a dry winter), removal of old fencing and barbwire, staging area maintenance (the group put some fresh paint on a picnic table) and new signage.

Find out more about Yamaha’s program, and how to apply for a grant by clicking here.

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Yamaha Hosts Outdoor Access Event

 

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Jean Turner | Contributor A former staffer at Cycle News, Turner continues to contribute to the website and magazine as a columnist and someone we can count on to whip up a few thousand words on an off-road race when needed.

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