Yamaha volunteer team works on forest restoration

Publish Date: 
Sep 27, 2012

CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. said its employees recently volunteered to help restore one of the San Bernardino National Forest's most popular multi-use OHV staging areas.

Yamaha employees, their families and friends, joined members of the San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA). to maintain and improve the Cactus Flats staging area. The 80 volunteers contributed about 240 hours of service, according to the OEM.

The weekend's volunteer activities included planting and watering 250 native shrubs, slashing illegal riding areas, collecting more than 20 pounds of native seeds for future planting and in general, restoring more than an acre of forest land and surrounding trails. This was second of a three-year Yamaha project at Cactus Flats. 

The San Bernardino National Forest draws about 2.4 million visitors each year, and Cactus Flats is a popular spot for OHV enthusiasts, providing access to some of the best trails in Southern California.  Thousands of visitors, including OHV enthusiasts, hikers and mountain bikers among others, enjoy the staging area and surrounding trails each year.

Over the past five years, Yamaha volunteers have restored more than 12 acres of land in the San Bernardino National Forest, the OEM stated. Work has included planting 3,600 native seedlings through SBNFA's Forest Aid initiative, a partnership with TreePeople and the U.S. Forest Service in one of the largest volunteer-led restoration projects in Southern California addressing the burn areas from the 2003 and 2007 wildfires.

Yamaha's ATV/SxS group administers the company's OHV Access Initiative, a program that aggressively supports the OHV community across the country providing quarterly GRANTs to non-profit riding groups and organizations. Details, award schedules and applications are available at www.YamahaOHVAccess.com.

Posted by Holly Wagner