Los Angeles STEW-MAP

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Los Angeles STEW-MAP was launched in 2013 by the Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience (CURes), with support from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. The survey was sent in 2014-2015 to 715 groups and organizations participating in environmental stewardship in Los Angeles County. Responses were received from 140 stewardship organizations (19.5% response rate) and geographic descriptions of stewardship turfs from 115 organizations. The initial analyses revealed that survey respondents represented organizations from majority (57%) non-profit sector and about one-third (35%) public sector.

One applied goal of the project is to inform development of a suite of online, publicly available tools that can facilitate local and regional natural resource planning and management. In 2016, the LA Urban Center for Natural Resources Sustainability partnered with CURes to support the development of STEW-MAP research driven products. Two participatory workshops were held in summer 2017 with Los Angeles practitioners to share LA County STEW-MAP results and gather input on how the data could be applied in their work. The workshops were attended by 27 participants, who provided feedback and helped prioritize STEW-MAP products. Deliverables from the workshops included the presentation slides, a white paper of LA County STEW-MAP results currently in development, and a publicly available data layer hosted on the CURes website.

In 2018, CURes launched LA River STEW-MAP, with support from a USDA Forest Service Cost Share Challenge grant and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station. This effort focuses on stewardship organizations working within the Los Angeles River watershed. The LA River STEW-MAP survey is scheduled to be sent in June 2019.

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Last modified: March 17, 2017