New York City

Read our Forest Service report- STEW-MAP in the New York City region: survey results of the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project

STEW-MAP 2017 builds upon past research, providing the first update in 10 years on previously participating groups. In addition to capturing change over time, the 2017 survey data will reveal the ways in which the larger stewardship landscape has evolved in the New York Region, including how the changing climate, political administration shifts, social movements, and environmental disasters have influenced the goals and methods of stewardship groups. We partnered with more than 55 data providers, and sent the updated STEW-MAP survey to more than 10,000 civic groups and organizations. We also expanded our approach to include the wider New York City Region, beyond the 5 boroughs, by surveying all registered environmental nonprofits in the greater metropolitan region. Read the NRS press release.

We identified approximately 900 groups in total. These groups demonstrate what we call “the greening of the civic” -- or the way in which environmental concerns are embedded within organizational missions that have diverse foci, such as community development, social services, youth, arts, and public health. In addition to the their role in hands-on stewardship, we found that many stewardship groups collect data and track social and environmental metrics in order to understand and monitor their impact. They use a range of communication strategies that go well beyond the formal, public community meeting - including both face-to-face organizing as well as digital strategies such as websites, listservs, and social media strategies. Stewardship groups participate in knowledge networks, resource networks, and collaborative governance of our local environment.

Last modified: June 25, 2019