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Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI)

Apr 21, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Trail Boss

There’s more behind your Yamaha ATV than meets the eye.

If you live for the ride, be it on an ATV, dirt bike, Side-by-Side, or motorcycle, then you know how important a route’s aesthetic is to the riding experience. Maintaining the appearance of traditional roads is often tackled by your local government; but, what about the off-road trails that aren’t in plain view? Who’s responsible for those?  

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The answer is volunteers who devote their time to non-profit organizations and other tax-exempt entities. One of these organizations you may already know: Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI). Dedicated to providing “practical support” for enthusiasts who “work and play outdoors,” the reputable powersport company devised its conservation initiative in 2008. 


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“This program will reach across the country to help fund important projects and ensure riding areas are available for generations to come,” said Mike Martinez, Vice President of Motorsports for Yamaha Motor Corp., USA.  

Since its induction, Yamaha OAI has contributed nearly $4 million in grants to nonprofit entities across the United States, who then use the money to maintain and restore off-road riding areas, as well as educate OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) riders on the importance of safe and sustainable riding.

To be eligible for an OAI grant, an applicant must demonstrate they are interested in pursuing one or more of the following outdoor initiatives:

  • ATV, Side-by-Side, Motorcycle, and Snowmobile riding and outdoor recreation areas.
  • Trail development, restoration, and maintenance.
  • Trail signage and map production.
  • Staging area production, renovation, and maintenance.
  • Land stewardship, access, safety, and education.

Part of what makes Yamaha’s OAI so noteworthy is their willingness to help grant recipients (who currently total more than 300) see a project to fruition. And while they’ve aided several notable non-profits over the years, efforts to conserve and restore the San Bernardino National Forest, located in Southern California, are consistently undertaken by Yamaha’s OAI. In fact, its ninth project involved rehabilitating trails that were destroyed as a result of the 2016 wildfires. Volunteers totaled more than 60, man-hours over 300.



In addition to its restoration initiatives, Yamaha is also dedicated to promoting safe and responsible riding. By partnering with entities like Tread Lightly!, whose “RIDE ON Designated Routes” poster program currently spans 44 states, Yamaha fulfills its mission to create safer and more enjoyable trails for today’s OHV riders and those of the future. They’ve even been recognized by American Trails and the AMA for all their hard work!

Check out Yamaha’s OAI webpage to stay updated on any new or existing OAI-funded projects in your community! In the meantime, why don’t you consider what it would mean to buy used ATVs, dirt bikes, and other powersports from RumbleOn?


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Trail Boss

Written by Trail Boss

I'm here to bring you no-fuss articles and coverage of all things to do with ATVs, UTVs, and motocross bikes. Model reviews, ATV DIYs, and ultimate lists of off-road trails are just a taste of what I bring to the table.