What is STEW-MAP?

The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District is a survey and public database designed to map where stewardship organizations work and how they are connected, with the goal of strengthening community capacity for environmental stewardship within the region. STEW-MAP was developed by the USDA Forest Service in New York in 2007. Since then, the framework has utilized from Seattle to Beijing. Each project is conducted separately by a local research team in partnership with local agencies and organizations.

STEW-MAP addresses the questions:

What is a Stewardship Group?

The developers of the STEW-MAP program at the USDA Forest Service define a “stewardship group” as a civic organization or group that works to conserve, manage, transform, fund or provide in kind material support, monitor, advocate and/or educate others about their local environments.  Groups span from neighborhood organizations to government organizations supporting stewardship within the region. Are you a part of a local stewardship group and interested in learning more? Go to the bottom of the page to review the kickoff meeting further detailing the project. 

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What is the Project Area?

For this STEW-MAP Project, the focus is groups working on land and water stewardship in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District. These six member governments comprise the Thomas Jefferson Planning District who serves these jurisdictions by providing regional vision, collaborative leadership, and professional services which include planning, technical assistance, data gathering, and grant administration.