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Yamaha Works with SOCAL Mountains Foundation

Yamaha employees recently put in a hundreds of hours of community service at the at the San Bernardino National Forest. They were joined by family, friends, and local Girl and Cub Scouts. The 60+ volunteers put in signs and kiosks, planted native seeds, and worked to restore the staging areas and surrounding trails.

Yamaha volunteers have in the past worked eight restoration projects in the San Bernardino National Forest, including projects around the Pinnacles, Cactus Flats, Big Pine and Coxey Meadows area. They’ve planted more than 4,000 trees to date.

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Yamaha Works with SOCAL Mountains Foundation

Yamaha ATV/SxS group marketing manager Steve Nessl had this to say:

“Yamaha is proud to continue its longstanding working relationship with the Southern California Mountains Foundation and U.S. Forest Service as we create models for productive private-public collaboration with the shared goal of increasing safe, responsible access to popular public off-road riding areas. The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors. This commitment includes financial investments through quarterly Yamaha OAI (Outdoor Access Initiative) grants, as well as the hands-on loyalty from our passionate employees.”

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Stacy Gorin, a Southern California Foundation executive officer, stated:

“Yamaha is a valued partner of the Southern California Mountains Foundation helping to support our OHV (off highway vehicles) program and many of the 2.4 million visitors who come to enjoy the mountains each year. In all their years of support for the program, Yamaha volunteers made a positive, significant impact on the San Bernardino National Forest, completing projects from the Big Bear area to across the mountains at the Summit Staging Area.”

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About Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative:

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors including, but not limited to, those who rely on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to ride, camp, hunt, fish or farm.

Supporting the outdoor enthusiast, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative’s mission is to provide practical support for efforts that promote safe, responsible use of OHVs, educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.

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Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax exempt groups (clubs & associations), public riding areas (local, state and federal), outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation organizations, and agricultural communities with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles. Our committee will review each application and award funds to deserving projects.

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You can learn more about how to apply for the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant right here.


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