Stewardship Mapping Results, Products, and Public Data

Results, Products and Public Data

The SNEP STEW-MAP survey was launched in Fall 2020 and closed in June, 2021 developing new outreach protocols to work across municipal and state boundaries. The team worked with a team of RISD research assistants to conduct the initial survey as well as two rounds of alter surveys resulting in a high response rate. In addition to the STEW-MAP survey, they collected data about how many of the responding organizations have been impacted by  COVID-19. They asked questions about how their capacity, public engagement and ability to perform direct stewardship shifted during the pandemic.

The StewMAP SNE Final Report describes the outcomes of a survey of civic environmental stewardship groups in the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) region, which includes the watersheds of Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, and adjacent Islands.

Data collection occurred from November 2020 to June 2021 and involved the creation of a database of environmental stewardship groups (n = 718) who were contacted to participate, resulting in a final sample of 149 valid survey responses. The report discusses several ways in which the data might be used to build such capacity, including working towards addressing specific environmental justice-oriented activities in the region.

Read the Final Report. 

View the Factsheet. 

The following links visualize Knowledge, Funding, Other important collaborators and aggregated network relationships among stewardship organizations as reported by respondents to the Southeast New England Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) survey. SNE STEW-MAP is a project conducted by RISD, Brown University, Compass Cartographic and EPA’s Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division through the ORISE fellowship program. For more information, visit the SNEP Network website or email the PI, Bryce DuBois, at

To use these maps: Use the top search bar to find a particular organization (node). Clicking on any of the nodes will provide images of their linkages. 

View the Stew Map Dashboard  (

Introductory Video: Using the Southeast New England Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project Dashboard

Contact for custodians of the data:
Bryce DuBois:
Jesse S. Sayles:

Merkle, C., DuBois, B., Sayles, J. S., Carlson, L., Spalding, H. C., Myers, B., & Kaipa, S. Self-reported effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on stewardship organizations and their activities in southeast New England, USA. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 149.


In many communities, regions, or landscapes, there are numerous environmental groups working across different sectors and creating stewardship networks that shape the environment and the benefits people derive from it. The make-up of these networks can vary, but generally include organizations of different sizes and capacities. As the Covid-19 pandemic (2020 to the present) shuts down businesses and nonprofits, catalyzes new initiatives, and generally alters the day-to-day professional and personal lives, it is logical to assume that these stewardship networks and their environmental work are impacted; exactly how, is unknown. In this study, we analyze the self-reported effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on stewardship groups working in southeast New England, USA. Stewardship organizations were surveyed from November 2020 to April 2021 and asked, among other questions, “How is Covid-19 affecting your organization?” We analyzed responses using several qualitative coding approaches. Our analysis revealed group-level impacts including changes in group capacity, challenges in managing access to public green spaces, and altered forms of volunteer engagement. These results provide insights into the varied effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government responses such as stay-at-home orders and social distancing policies on stewardship that can inform the development of programs to reduce negative outcomes and enhance emerging capacities and innovations.

StewMAP SNE + US Forest Service Northern Research Station

Check out the StewMAP SNE page on the US FS Northern Research Station  soon for the project dashboard. Available, here: