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Ohio Motorized Trails Association to unveil new trail maintenance rig

March 26, 2014

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Ohio Motorized Trails Association plans to unveil a new trailer and trail maintenance equipment during an April 12 media event at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio.

The event is open to the public.

The OMTA was able to purchase the trail maintenance vehicle and equipment after receiving an $8,318 check from Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, through its Yamaha OHV Access Initiative grant program.

"We are elated that Yamaha recognized our efforts to help maintain the off-highway-vehicle trails throughout the state of Ohio," said OMTA Director Matthew Mesarchik. "This grant enabled us to buy much-needed equipment that will help ensure continued access for responsible OHV riders for years to come."

The rig consists of a 12-foot trailer and trail maintenance equipment, including chainsaws, shovels, a dump cart and a log skidder.

"The OMTA works very hard on behalf of AMA members and the OHV community here in Ohio," said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. "Yamaha has proven to be a valuable partner to the AMA, OMTA and OHV groups throughout the country. It's only fitting that we host this event here on our campus, and we are pleased to do so."

The equipment will be used by OMTA member clubs throughout Ohio on public trails, such as those in the Perry State Forest, and by the OMTA/AMA club Buckeye Dual Sporters during preparations for the AMA Hanging Rock 200 event at Lake Hope State Park in May.

The unveiling of the OMTA rig is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 12 in front of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, Ohio.

Invited guests include officials from Yamaha, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and state legislators representing affected districts, including state Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and state Sens. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) and Frank LaRose (R-Copley).

About the OMTA
The Ohio Motorized Trails Association is a coalition of off road recreational trail users, including ATV, dirt bike, and 4x4 users, working together to protect off highway recreation. OMTA has six member clubs and individual members who work together with national organizations, such as the AMA, the BlueRibbon Coalition, and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Inc. More information about OMTA is available at: http://ohiotrails.org

About the Yamaha program
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 Corp., USA, provides grants to deserving organizations to help further the program's goal of Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails. Yamaha encourages clubs, associations and agencies to submit detailed applications for their specific needs. Each quarter, Yamaha will accept applications from organizations, such as non-profit or tax-exempt OHV riding clubs, national forests and associations and national, state and local government agencies and associations. A committee reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects. GRANTs may be used for:
* Trail development and restoration;
* Trail signs and map production;
* Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance; and
* Safety and education programs.
More information about the GRANTs program is available by calling (877) OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), sending email to OHVAccess@yamaha-motor.com or writing to Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Ave., Cypress, Calif., 90630-5101. 

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