The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) has pledged to donate at least $500,000 this year to organizations that support access to outdoor land in honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 24. Yamaha OAI, National Public Lands Day , and National Hunting and Fishing Day all aim to protect and preserve public lands for outdoor recreation.
This Saturday, Yamaha OAI is encouraging everyone to get out into the outdoors and enjoy what they’ve been working on. Organizations that share OAI’s goals are encouraged to apply for a grant by September 30. For more information, read the press release below.
MARIETTA, GA (September 21, 2022) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, encourages people to get outside and enjoy the outdoors on Saturday, Sept. 24, in honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day). In recognition of these events, Art Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) renews its annual pledge of $500,000 to organizations that support access to land for outdoor recreation and encourages grant applications by the next quarterly deadline of September 30.
National Public Lands Day invites volunteers across the country to help restore and preserve public lands – from national parks to local urban green spaces – directly in line with Yamaha OAI’s goal of protecting public lands for outdoor recreation. To date, the Yamaha OAI program has provided more than $5 million in funding and equipment to more than 425 projects over the past 14 years to help outdoor enthusiasts working to protect and improve access to public land and educate everyone about safe and sustainable use for recreation. Yamaha OAI has proven to be the most trusted partner in the industry and a valuable resource for those who depend on access to public land for work and recreation.
Additionally, National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates its 50th anniversary on September 24ththousand anniversary NHF Day events are organized annually by Wonders of Wildlife to raise awareness of the conservation and economic benefits, as well as the traditions and values, of hunting and fishing. Yamaha OAI is a founding partner of the Wonders of Wildlife Live It! program and supports its efforts to expand NHF Day events across the country. These events play a significant role in raising awareness of public access and outdoor recreation issues, and Live It! the program supports local conservation groups who want to host or improve NHF Day events but have limited resources.
Because access to public land is best protected by responsible and sustainable visitor practices, Yamaha OAI is partnering with the Recreate Responsibly Coalition (RRC) on a variety of activities, including land steward signage, to educate visitors about the proper, responsible use of trails and riding areas. . Those interested in applying for signs can simply fill out the form at the following link: Request for responsible use of Yamaha OAI / RRC marks.
“Last year we committed to giving half a million dollars to outdoor projects, and we’re proud to say we’ve surpassed that goal,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha Motorsports Marketing Manager. “Our lives are connected to nature, and the direct and significant financial support of Yamaha Wonders of Wildlife, Recreate Responsibly and many other outdoor organizations helps make recreation on public lands possible. In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day, we are pleased to renew our annual commitment to give a minimum of $500,000 in 2022 to organizations that help create opportunities for outdoor recreation.”
The Yamaha OAI program encourages riding clubs, land management associations and state land managers to work with Yamaha dealers to identify projects and apply for support. Yamaha OAI is a one-stop resource for outdoor organizations looking for support for their next project. Visit Yamaha OAI website for application details or examples some typical projects supported by the program for inspiration.
The application deadline for the third quarter of the 2022 funding cycle is September 30, 2022. Application guidelines and the Yamaha OAI grant application are available at YamahaOAI.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search any of the following hashtags across all platforms: #Yamaha #YamahaOAI #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA
About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Since 2008, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the Powersports industry in supporting responsible access to our nation’s public lands for outdoor enthusiasts. Investing more than $5 million in 425 projects across the country, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and restored riding and hunting areas, improved parking areas, provided agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety training, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local recreation communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations, including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local government land use agencies, recreation associations and land conservation groups interested in protecting, enhancing, expanding, and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable public use.
Updated guiding principlesapplication form, information and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at YamahaOAI website. For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the special hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@Yamaha-Motor.comor write:
Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Bldg. 100
Marietta, GA 30066