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Yamaha workers volunteer In California forest

October 11, 2012

Group shot of Yamaha volunteers.

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., employees volunteered to help restore one of the San Bernardino (Calif.) National Forest's most popular multi-use off-highway vehicle staging areas in September.

Eighty volunteers, comprised of Yamaha employees and their family and friends, along with members of the San Bernardino National Forest Association, contributed 240 hours of volunteer service to maintain and improve the Cactus Flats staging area.

The San Bernardino National Forest sees 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.

“Yamaha is dedicated to the OHV community and has contributed thousands of volunteer hours and more than $2 million since 2008 to the mission of supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas,” says Mike Martinez, general manager of Yamaha's ATV/SxS operations and an SBNFA board member who volunteered alongside his son.

“Yamaha employees are passionate about their volunteer efforts here in Southern California,” Martinez says. “We understand that these OHV areas are important to our customers and our business, and it means a lot to us personally to help keep these areas in good shape for current and future generations.”

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 restoring more than an acre of forest land and surrounding trails. 

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