INFORMED CONSENT COVER LETTER (page 1 of 2)

The following research #18-099 has been reviewed and approved by the University of Central Arkansas Institutional Review Board.
 
 
University of Central Arkansas
Informed Consent Cover Letter
Participant Selection Survey for Ouachita Trail Mountain Bike Effects at Lake Maumelle

You are being asked to participate in a research study. Before you give your consent to volunteer, it is important that you read the following information to be sure you understand what you will be asked to do.

Investigators
The Principal Investigator in this study is Dr. Matthew H. Connolly, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Central Arkansas. Ms. Raven L. Lawson is the Watershed Protection Manager at Central Arkansas Water, and a Co-Principal Investigator for this study. If you have any questions concerning the research, or your participation, Dr. Connolly may be reached via phone at 501-852-2640 or via email at mconnolly@uca.edu. Similarly, Ms. Lawson may be reached phone at 501-223-1857 or via email at raven.lawson@carkw.com. Dr. Connolly holds a PhD in Geography and Geographic Information Science from Texas State University, and Ms. Lawson holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Arkansas State University.

Purpose of the Research
This purpose of this research to describe and quantify the physical impacts of allowing mountain bikers to use the Ouachita Trail segments in the Lake Maumelle Watershed northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas. More specifically, the purpose of this survey is to identify suitable participants to ride mountain bikes in predetermined experimental Ouachita Trail study sites in the Lake Maumelle Watershed. The data from this research will be used to understand the motivations and interest of Central Arkansas mountain bikers in recreational mountain biking on the Ouachita Trail in the Lake Maumelle Watershed, and select study participants.

Procedures
If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey to describe your mountain bike riding habits, and interest in the Lake Maumelle Ouachita Trail study. General topics covered by the survey include riding frequency, average length of ride, specific interest in study participation, and your residential (home) Arkansas zip code. Your name, phone number, and email address will also be collected to support communication with the investigators. Additionally, study participants must consent to provide GPS track (ride data) to the research team. This GPS data is necessary to successfully track aggregate mountain bike activity, and the GPS tracks will not be analyzed or published for any individual study participants. Study results will be presented in aggregate, and personally identifying respondent data (e.g. name, phone number, etc.) will not be published in technical reports, online media (project websites, social media, etc.), or in any publications related to this work.

Your participation will take approximately 10 to 12 minutes.

Potential Risks or Discomforts
There are no foreseeable risks or discomforts associated with this study.


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