Yamaha Helps Rehab SoCal OHV Area

Team of Yamaha employees pitches in to plant native species.

A group of volunteers from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative and the Southern California Mountains Foundation recently teamed up to rehab part of a popular OHV area in the San Bernardino National Forest.Yamaha

A group of Yamaha employees recently pitched in during their free time to help the Southern California Mountains Foundation refresh an OHV area in the San Bernardino National Forest. Through Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative, the volunteers helped improve the Pinnacles OHV Staging Area, which has seen a huge spike in use over the last couple of years.

Volunteers planted more than 300 native plants to clearly define the boundaries of the parking area and keep riders headed down the main trails.Yamaha

According to Yamaha, the group planted more than 300 native plants around the edges of the staging area to clearly define its boundaries and keep riders pointed at the established trails. A representative of SCMF said the group was able to achieve three weeks’ worth of work in a day.

The Yamaha OAI has worked with SCMF for 15 years or so, both on joint volunteer projects and by donating money to keep trails open and safe. The OAI has sent more than $100,000 to the organization for trail maintenance, trail mapping, the organization’s OHV program, and specific renovation projects at the Big Pine Flats OHV staging area.

Applications for the OAI’s fourth-quarter round of funding are open until December 15.Yamaha

The OAI gives money through a quarterly grant application process to outdoor organizations around the country. The deadline to apply for an OAI grant for the fourth quarter of 2022 is December 15. Guidelines, eligibility, and applications are available at the Yamaha OAI website.

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