This project, which is a collaboration with colleagues at the US Forest Service, studies how civic groups are working together to steward their local communities in cities in the United States. Funded by the US Forest Service (USFS) and a grant from the National Science Foundation, we studied these groups in New York City starting in 2007. Funded by the USFS, we conducted a similar census of groups in Philadelphia in 2013. These data will be analyzed in the coming year and will be compared with other cities as well.

Click here for a copy of the Whitepaper from this project, "Digging Together: Why people volunteer to help plant one million trees in New York City"

Recent peer-reviewed papers include:

Connolly, James J., Erika S. Svendsen, Dana R. Fisher, and Lindsay K. Campbell. 2013. “Organizing Urban Ecosystem Services through Environmental Stewardship Governance in New York City.”  Landscape and Urban Planning. Volume 109: 76-84


Principal Investigator
Project Sponsor
National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Forest Service (USFS)