Yamaha Outdoors Tips — Make it Better, For Everyone

Trails created for summer recreational riding can also provide a means for hunters to access more remote areas in the off-season. (Bob Humphrey photo)

By Bob Humphrey

Every hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast dreams of one day owning their own little piece of paradise, a place they can nurture and enhance to suit their particular favorite form of outdoor recreation.  Few of ever will.  In fact, most folks will never even have access to such places, but instead are resigned to public lands and waters where the quality of the habitat and recreational opportunities may seem less appealing. 

If you’re in that group and think you have no choice think again.  By going through the right channels you can enhance not just access but the quality of the land you’re accessing.  Even better, with some creative coordination you might be able to find some money to pay for it.

The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is a proactive, grass roots program supported by Yamaha dealers and customers nationwide promoting safe, responsible riding and sustainable, open riding areas.  Through the OHV Access Initiative, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., provides GRANTs to deserving organizations to help further the program’s goal of Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails.  The main emphasis is trails, but many projects that have received GRANTS in the past also involved habitat enhancement or restoration.  Below are a few examples. 

Erosion Control - Trail construction, maintenance and enhancement often involves erosion control.  Instead of planting with the cheapest seed available, turn your stabilized slopes into mini food plots that will attract deer, turkeys and other game species during the non-riding season. 

Food Plots - If you want to build full-blown food plots, building better trails provides a means for accessing more remote areas with materials like seed and fertilizer as well as ATV implements.

Trees - Several previously funded projects - including efforts by Yamaha employees in the San Bernardino National Forest - involve planting trees.  Plant mast bearing trees and you’ll have a wildlife orchard in a few years.

Water Crossings - Building bridges and other stable water crossings is a big deal, particularly over fish-bearing streams.  Done properly it will at least preserve what’s there.  Or you could extend your efforts up and downstream to enhance fish - and fishing - habitat.  Often the most expensive part of activities involving wetlands, water ways and water bodies is permitting, some or all of which can be funded through grants.

One of the most important components to a successful effort is cooperation.  Often state and federal agencies have land they would like to manage for wildlife, but they lack the manpower or financial resources to do so.  With an OHV Access Initiative GRANT your local sportsman’s club or ATV group could provide the bodies, tools and perhaps the necessary dollars.  You could stretch your grant dollars even farther by coordinating with federal initiatives like the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetland Reserve Program or Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, to name a few. 

For more information regarding the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@yamaha-motor.com or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.