Impacted by 2016 Wildfires


Phelan, Calif. – April 11, 2017Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, employees returned to the San Bernardino National Forest on April 1st to volunteer their time in support of projects aiding the fire-damaged Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) trails within the Baldy Mesa OHV area. Working with members of the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the effort continued a nearly ten-year tradition of Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative volunteer projects in one of the nation’s most frequently visited forests.  

The popular Baldy Mesa OHV 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 locally grown native plants, installing straw wattles on a steep slope, and slashing and removing motorcycle tracks on non-designated trails.  

“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 recent forest 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 Yamaha’s Access Initiative Program has helped us fulfill our mission of educating people to recreate responsibly. Our program now provides over 20,000 volunteer hours annually to educate OHV enthusiasts to ride responsibly,” said Stacy Gorin, executive director of the Southern California Mountains Foundation.   

For more information on how you or your organization can help restore damaged forest lands please contact Juli Goss at

San Bernardino National Forest

About the Southern California Mountains Foundation:

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit that believes connecting communities to its public lands is the key to their survival.  They mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship. 

The Mountains Foundation achieves its mission by raising money, organizing critical volunteer resources, and creating and managing programs focused on health, stewardship and sustainability of our Southern California mountains and urban “forests”.