Public and Non-Profit Sector Roles and Activities in Natural Resource Management in the Gwynns Falls Watershed

Shawn Dalton , Johns Hopkins University

This paper presents the results of research designed to explore the activities and roles of the non-profit and public sectors in the natural resource management regime in the Gwynns Falls Watershed (GFW), in western Baltimore City and County, Md., USA. A survey of formal non-profit organizations and government agencies was conducted in the GFW between September of 1999, and May of 2001. Summary statistics and social network analyses were calculated on the data, and indicate that a primary group of 45 organizations is actively involved in the management of public natural resources in the GFW, of which 53% are non- profit organizations and 47% are public agencies. In addition, a secondary group exists, which is composed of 109 additional organizations or entities. Among the primary group, relationships are comparatively dense. Four organizations emerge as major actors in the system: one state, one county, and one city agency, and one non-profit organization. Long-term implications for management of the system are considered.

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