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Yamaha Volunteers Return to Rehabilitate San Bernardino National Forest

Eighth Year of Yamaha Employee Volunteer Project to Improve Outdoor Areas and Access

CYPRESS, Calif. – May 2, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, employees returned to the San Bernardino National Forest this past weekend to volunteer their time in support of projects aiding the popular Summit OHV Staging Area. Working with members of the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the effort represented the eighth year of Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative volunteer projects in one of the nation’s busiest forests.

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Yamaha Volunteers Complete OHV Project in San Bernardino National Forest

This was the final project in a three-year commitment by Yamaha to help restore Cactus Flats and save the staging area from misuse and erosion.  Thanks to the combined efforts and critical work done by the SCMF and SBNF – and including the Yamaha volunteer projects – Cactus Flats is no longer at risk and is back to its old self as one of the premier staging areas in the forest.

More than 60 volunteers, comprised of Yamaha employees and their family and friends, along with members of the SCMF, contributed more than 325 hours of volunteer service on Sunday, September 22.  Activities to improve the area included planting and watering 300 native seedlings.  Cactus Flats and its surrounding trails are a popular location hosting thousands off-road enthusiasts, hikers and mountain bikers each year.

“The Mountains Foundation and San Bernardino National Forest have been great partners of Yamaha’s OHV Access Initiative, helping shape our grassroots efforts locally and across the country,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS Vice President.  “The Access Initiative continues to improve riding areas and opportunities thanks to volunteers and the hundreds of GRANTs and more than $2 million awarded.  Yamaha will continue this work promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas, and we encourage riding groups to use our program to support their local efforts.”

Over the past six years, Yamaha volunteers have restored more than 12 acres of land in the San Bernardino National Forest.  Work has included the Cactus Flats project and planting 3,600 native seedlings through SBNFA’s Forest Aid initiative, a partnership with TreePeople and the U.S. Forest Service in one of the largest volunteer-led restoration projects in Southern California addressing the burn areas from the 2003 and 2007 wildfires.

“Yamaha is a valued partner of the Mountains Foundation helping to support our OHV program and many of the 2.4 million visitors who come to the mountains each year,” said Sarah Miggins, executive director of the Southern California Mountains Foundation.  “For more than six years, Yamaha volunteers have made a real impact on the San Bernardino National Forest completing projects from the Big Bear area across the mountains to Lake Arrowhead.”

About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs).  Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, maintained and rehabilitated countless riding areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local riding communities across the country to improve the OHV experience.  

How to Get Involved
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies and other members of the OHV community in the United States.  A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects.

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

Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available here.  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 [email protected] or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more.  YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

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Yamaha Funds Motorized and Outdoor Recreation Grants

“The OHV community is embracing the expanded platform of the Outdoor Access Initiative and we encourage all recreationists who rely on OHVs to access the outdoors to keep an eye out for projects that promote and protect that access,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group Vice President.  “We recognize that by broadening the scope of the GRANT program, we increase competition for the funds available but, as a result, we expect to see projects that have a greater benefit to all OHV enthusiasts.”

Funding and equipment were awarded by the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative to the following organizations:

  • Carbon County, Utah
  • Coos Riders Association, Oregon
  • National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
  • Texas Motorized Trails Coalition
  • Androscoggin Valley ATV Club, New Hampshire
  • Field of Dreams Trails Park, New Jersey
  • Norton Branch Fire & Rescue, Kentucky
  • Ride with Respect, Utah

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has a new website (www.yamahaoutdooraccess.com) with a new look and increased functionality.  Visitors can choose to submit an application with the required attachments directly to the online platform, rather than emailing into the program.  As always, the site features the GRANT cycle calendar, and riding clubs, outdoor enthusiast associations, land managers and conservationists can also find the current Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT guidelines for submission.  Yamaha continues to seek qualified projects and applications at local, state and federal levels. The next deadline to submit a GRANT application is Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative:
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs). Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, maintained and rehabilitated countless riding areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local riding communities across the country to improve the OHV experience. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles.  A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects. 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, safety and education

Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the Outdoor Access Initiative are available here. For specific questions about the Outdoor Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email [email protected] or write to:

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Make a difference in the dirt

CALIFORNIA OFF-ROAD FIELD VOLUNTEERS is an interactive opportunity to "make a difference out in the dirt". There is no annual fee. There are no forms to fill out. In fact, you pick your own place and time!

Field volunteers make an extra effort to "pack out trash". By taking trash bags, gloves, tie down straps, even a rake for a good nail clean-up. Anything to help "pack out trash".

There are also scheduled clean-up projects for those who care to come out for a day of camaraderie at a planned clean-up project. Many of these events include a BBQ, raffle, and free t-shirt.

Read here the adventures of TacomaSuz's and the difference two people can make. Check out our before and after photo's and see the impact of being a field volunteer. TacomaSuz's are two individuals who have teamed up in an effort to "make a difference out in the dirt".

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Rusty Can Project

Rusty Can Project - the begining

Ever go out for a casual camp trip and find the area you would like to stay has been decimated by trash?  That was our most recent encounter at El Mirage Dry Lake in Adelanto.  This time the decimation was approximately 300 pounds of rusty old cans and other trash in an area 50 feet by 40 feet.  It was obvious this public land area could use some help, so we decided to make a valiant effort and made plans to attack the mess in the morning.

Sitting by the campfire that night we appreciated the surrounding landscape.  Wondering how anyone could leave such a rusting, corroding, messy pile of ...  Well, you get the picture.

When morning broke and breakfast filled our bellies, the volunteer effort began.

Can by can, bag by bag, it became obvious we would need more containers.  First filling our big collapsable trash can, then our mesh bag, next a couple of giant shopping bags, finally we pulled out a tarp and loaded as many cans as we couple pile, carry, and lift into the back of the Tacoma,  Other bags went onto the roof rack and off we went for our first trip to the dumpster,  

Half way complete, the area we had cleared looked so healthy that going back to finish the clean-up was easy.

The second trip we loaded enormous "mega gallon" trash bags, another giant trash can and yet more into the mesh bag.

The TacomaSuz's time was well spent at our four hour "Rusty Can Project".  Well worth the time and effort.

We encourage all people, whenever you visit the dirt playground, to pick up a bag full of trash, haul off a chunk of metal, roll up an old carpet, and "pack out some Trash!".

Take the time to "make a difference out in the dirt".

Until next time, enjoy the adventure.

TacomaSuz

Rusty Can Project Day

300 pounds of rusty cans (estimated)
1 rug
1 muffler with the entire pipe
1 cooler
1 wood gate with nails
1 small bag of shotgun shells
1 plastic fender well
1 plastic skid plate

 

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