Trees for Streams Program

Trees for Streams is a public education and outreach program designed to help streamside property owners learn about and establish buffers along their streams through educational mailings, public meetings, and tree giveaways. The program rotates annually throughout all watersheds in the city while staying in touch with stakeholders from past watersheds.  
Overall Creek Trees for Streams Day 2017 Murfreesboro

Stream Buffer

An area along the bank of a stream where plants and trees are growing naturally and to maturity. Buffers are very important to stream health because they hold the streambank in place, provide aquatic habitat, and regulate water temperature. 


Middle Tennessee State University, Rutherford County, Stones River Watershed Association.


Create relationships with streamside property owners, educate about streamside buffers and water quality, help establish streamside buffers, improve water quality.