View Full Version : Finally a manufacturer steps up to the plate...

01-31-2006, 08:38 AM
Pocatello, ID January 30, 2006  The BlueRibbon Coalition, a national recreation group, is proud to pass along the news that Polaris Industries has initiated a new grant program for ATV clubs, associations and grassroots groups. Polaris calls the exciting new program the "T.R.A.I.L.S" Program. The new program will make funds available to national, state and local organizations in the United States to ensure the future of ATV riding.

T.R.A.I.L.S. stands for:

T = Trail Development

R = Responsible Riding

A = Access

I = Initiatives

L = Lobbying

S = Safety

According to a press release from Polaris, the grant program encompasses two main objectives  promoting safe and responsible riding, and preserving access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying and other projects to increase or maintain land access.

Brian Hawthorne, Public Lands Director for the BlueRibbon Coalition said; "I am extremely pleased to pass along the news about this great program. This will be a great tool for BRC member clubs and other OHV groups to use in their efforts to protect and promote responsible recreation access."

"Polaris is committed to promoting safe and responsible recreational riding," said Bennett Morgan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Polaris. "We see the issue of trails and land access as the lifeblood of our ATV business and the T.R.A.I.L.S. grant program is one measure to ensure people always will have a place to ride."

Grant applications will be reviewed three times per year -- in April, August and November, with corresponding submission deadlines of March 1, July 1 and October 1. Organizations may apply for two grants per year and all organizations must be 501c3 non-profit organizations. Funding for any project from other sources is an important criteria in order to be considered for a T.R.A.I.L.S. grant.

For more information on the T.R.A.I.L.S. grant program and an application form, visit the Polaris Web site at www.polarisindustries.com or click through directly here: Polaris 'T.R.A.I.L.S.' Grant Program

Polaris is a leader in the snowmobile industry and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Information about the new grant program, as well as the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from Mollie Wulff. Contact Millie at: Polaris Sales Inc.,

2100 Highway 55, Medina, MN 55340, Phone: 612.281.6122, TRAILSgrants@polarisind.com or


The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. http://www.sharetrails.org

01-31-2006, 08:46 AM
That's great. It's been my experience that of the manufacturers Polaris and Cannondale (for the short time they were in motorsports) tend to step up before anyone else (and usually alone).


01-31-2006, 09:53 AM
That's great. Now if we could only get BF Goodrich or Goodyear or even oh, I don't know...JEEP to help out, that would be even better.

01-31-2006, 01:07 PM
To all the companies that are contributing we salute you

01-31-2006, 01:51 PM
That's good stuff. Thx for posting the info.

01-31-2006, 03:08 PM
Your welcome. I have to agree it is time for the rest of them to step up to the plate. The ones making the parts (tires, vehicles, lifts etc...) if the trails go away there is no need for those parts. Many of the local small companies help out as much as they can, I think we need more from the big companies like stated before, BFG, Goodyear, Jeep, Toyota, Dodge, Ford, Chevy, etc... (even the companies that make the tow rigs we buy should pitch in). Otherwise we could just buy some little gas mileage vehicles, no need for the gas guzzlers.