"[There is] high potential for community-based environmental activism to inspire new forms of environmental management. However, the potential for increased fragmentation is important [and also quite high]:"
- Stewardship networks are [often] self-contained, don't include [other community segments such as] business or legal groups.
- CSOs partner with civil society, private sector and government vertically.
- Most operate on staffs fewer than ten, with small cohorts of community volunteers
- Resources are scarce, insufficient, relying upon individual, local foundation and municipal support.
Source: The Urban Ecology Collaborative Assessment:Understanding the Structure, Function, and Network of Local Environmental Stewardship
USDA Forest Service, NE Research StationUrban Ecology Collaborative (UEC) Research Committee, January, 2006