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San Bernardino Forest Gets Much Needed Rehab From Yamaha Volunteers

Posted in News on May 4, 2016
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The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) just wrapped up another successful volunteer weekend improving the Summit OHV staging area in the San Bernardino National Forest in California. For the eighth year, more than 60 volunteers, including Yamaha employees, their family’s local, and Girl and Cub Scout troops, gave more than 200 hours of their time along side members of the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) and the U.S Forest Service (USFS) to help complete the rehab project.

To clean up the busy Summit Staging Area, volunteers installed new signs, information kiosks, planted new native seedlings, and cleaned up the entire staging area, as well as the surrounding trails. Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager was happy to see the volunteers working hard and the Outdoor Access Initiative benefiting riders and the land, saying, “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.” It’s important to see the public, private companies, and government entities working together to maintain land so we can all keep using it.

In the eight years of volunteer projects throughout the San Bernardino National Forest, the OAI have planted more than 4,000 native seedlings, as well as restored and preformed maintenance at trailheads at the Pinnacles, Cactus Flats, Big Pine Flats and more. The hard work that OAI volunteers have put in over the years shows. SCMF Executive Officers Stacy Gorin knows how important that is, saying, “Yamaha is a valued partner of the Southern California Mountains Foundation helping to support our OHV program and many of the 2.4 million visitors who come to enjoy the mountains each year.”

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is always looking to support outdoor enthusiasts and protect land. If you have a project that could use a grant for a similar project, check out yamahaoai.com.

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