Yamaha Awards $15,000 to ORBA

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The Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) has received $15,000 from Yamaha for trail identification and mapping equipment.

The funds come from the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails), a Yamaha program promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas.

ORBA says the GPS mapping equipment, mapping software, and laptop computers will enable ORBA staff to inventory trails and provide accurate, detailed information to land managers involved in travel planning and route designation.

The organization says the information will help land managers to identify routes that they may not be aware of or to update information.

“We expect that this will reduce arbitrary closures because of a lack of current information and that the end result will be that more existing routes will ultimately be formally designated for OHV use,” says Fred Wiley, executive director of ORBA. “With all National Forests currently going through the Route Designation process, and many BLM offices also revising their Resource Management Plans or Travel Management Plans, this equipment will be a very valuable tool to make our input more effective.”