Urban Natural Resources Stewardship

STEW-MAP Components

Organizational Characteristics


[image:] Bar chart shows primary focus of stewardship groups’ work in NYC.  Five most popular in descending order are Environment, Education, Community Improvement, Youth, Arts & Culture.Survey questions answered by civic organizations enable STEW-MAP researchers to assess organizational capacity and professionalization of civic organizations. Additional characteristics include type of stewardship conducted, primary focus, site type on which groups work, and year founded.

Primary focus of stewardship groups’ work in NYC.

Geographic Turfs

[image:] Aerial view of Kissena Park with yellow lines showing the park and stewardship group boundaries. Click on image to view larger version. A stewardship turf is the geographic area of influence an organization has on the landscape. Below is an example turf for a friends organization for Kissena Park in NYC, as defined by the organization. STEW-MAP researchers have been examining the distribution of stewardship turfs, to examine their relationship to demographic and environmental characteristics of neighborhoods.

Example of a stewardship turf in Queens, NY

Social Networks

[image:] Complex chart illustrates social network analyses results for stewardship groups. Click on image to view larger version.

Understanding how civic environmental organizations are networked enables us to examine the structure and function of environmental stewardship across a city or region. From social network analyses, we can assess which organizations are operating as brokers of information, funding, and services; the role of government in relation to these civic stewardship organizations; and which organizations are more isolated than others.

NYC Civic-to-government network

Last Modified: October 16, 2015-->