Yamaha Marine Group said it helped WoundedNature.org by donating an F115 outboard engine and propeller.
The donations will help power the organization’s 19-foot Monarch scouting vessel, which is used to identify cleanup sites in hard-to-access coastal areas.
The mission of WoundedNature.org arose after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which revealed a dramatic increase in rescued birds, sea turtles and sea mammals that ingested plastic items. The organization also learned that many critical coastal wildlife habitats are collection points for trash and storm debris and that the need to clean up these areas had yet to be addressed.
“While public beach cleanups often support the travel industry, our mission is to clean up trash and debris from rural areas that benefit wildlife, which often depend on these remote, untraveled areas to flourish,” WoundedNature.org CEO Rudy Socha said in a statement. “We thank Yamaha for helping us get our scouting boat ready for the many trips we have planned for our U.S. coastline cleanups.”
WoundedNature.org accepts veteran volunteers, active-duty military members and the general public for cleanup projects.
“We are truly pleased to be able to assist WoundedNature.org with its vital mission to remove debris from wildlife areas along our nation’s coasts,” Yamaha Marine service distribution manager Joe Maniscalco said. “The organization is filling a critical need that will help to restore health and habitat to a vast array of wildlife.”