Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative Rehabs San Bernardino National Forest

Yamaha volunteers assist in rehabbing public lands and OHV areas impacted by 2016 wildfires

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative San Bernardino National Forest
Yamaha employees volunteered to help rehabilitate parts of the San Bernardino National Forest that were impacted by the wildfires of 2016.Photo Courtesy of Yamaha

For nearly 10 years, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative continued its tradition in helping rehabilitate the San Bernardino National Forest, on of the nations most frequently visited forests. Yamaha employees set out to the San Bernardino National Forest in order to clear up the OHV trails within the Trestles/Baldy Mesa OHV staging area and worked with members of the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to get the job done.

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative San Bernardino National Forest
The Yamaha employees teamed up with members from the Southern California Mountains Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service to get the job done.Photo Courtesy of Yamaha

The popular Trestles / Baldy Mesa OHV staging area and surrounding trails have been closed since wildfires severely damaged the area last year. In an effort to help reopen recreational opportunities as soon as possible, more than 60 volunteers, including Yamaha employees, their friends and family members, contributed more than 300 hours of volunteer service. The day’s habitat rehabilitation and erosion mitigation project included planting 300 local florae, trenching several straw wattles, in addition to slashing and removing tracks on non-designated trails.

Yamaha volunteers support San Bernardino National Forest
It was another great volunteer project turnout to help rehab the public lands and OHV areas in the San Bernardino National Forest.Photo Courtesy of Yamaha

“We had another great volunteer project with our friends at the Southern California Mountains Foundation and U.S. Forest Service, and our volunteers did some great work to help improve the local off-road riding areas,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “Yamaha is dedicated to supporting sustainable access to public lands like the San Bernardino National Forest. And we don’t just say it – our employees, as well as their families and friends are investing their personal time and sweat to support this mission, because they believe it and live it.”

Yamaha volunteers have now participated in nine restoration projects over the last ten years within the San Bernardino National Forest. Past work includes projects in and around the Pinnacles, Cactus Flats, Big Pine Flats, and Coxey Meadows areas, planting more than 4,000 native seedlings and restoring and maintaining the OHV trails and trailheads.

“Yamaha Motor Corporation has been our partner for the past decade and has helped us accomplish numerous restoration projects on the San Bernardino National Forest. This project supports the development of new 50-inch trails in the Baldy Mesa area. Restoration and maintenance are a large part of what it takes to make these projects possible. Long term commitment to OHV land stewardship, education and safety through their Access Initiative program has helped us fulfill our mission of educating people to recreate responsibly,” said Stacy Gorin, executive director of the Southern California Mountains Foundation.

Watch the video below to see the results of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative: