Stewardship mapping and assessment project: a framework for understanding community-based environmental stewardship
The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) is designed to answer who, where, why, and how environmental stewardship groups are caring for our urbanized landscapes. This report is intended to be a guide for those who wish to start STEW-MAP in their own city. It contains step-by-step directions for how to plan and implement a STEW-MAP project. STEW-MAP is both an empirical study of a city’s or region’s civic environmental stewardship resources and a publicly available online database to help support environmental stewardship broadly in these cities. The project adds a social layer of information to biophysical and urban geographic information on green infrastructure in cities. STEW-MAP highlights existing stewardship gaps and overlaps in order to strengthen organizational capacities, enhance citizen monitoring, promote broader public engagement with on-the-ground environmental work, and build effective partnerships among stakeholders involved in urban sustainability
Svendsen, E. S., Campbell, L. K., Fisher, D. R., Connolly, J. J. T., Johnson, M. L., Sonti, N. F., Locke, D. H., Westphal, L. M., LeBlanc Fisher, C., Grove, J. M., Romolini, M., Blahna, D. J., & Wolf, K. L. (2016). Stewardship mapping and assessment project: a framework for understanding community-based environmental stewardship. Gen. Tech. Rep. 156. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.