The mission of Stream-Link Education is to connect community to conservation through educational volunteer tree-planting experiences to instill environmental stewardship and improve the health of our rivers and streams. 

What We Do

  • Plant trees along streams, creating a forest buffer to improve local water quality and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Organize and host volunteer tree-planting experiences that are suitable for all ages.

  • Educate community members about the importance of planting trees and the connection to water quality.

  • Conduct 3 years of maintenance to all of our sites.

  • Ensure the hard work of our volunteers pays off by guaranteeing at least an 85% survival rate.

Read a recent article from the front page of the Frederick News Post about Stream-Link Education, telling more about the maintenance work we do and the issues that come up, including battling the invasive Japanese hops vine. Click here for the full article.

Check out this video to see what we're all about:

A riparian zone is the area of land that extends from the bank of a stream. Planting trees in riparian zones has an enormous amount of benefits.

  • Planting a forested riparian buffer between a pollution source and a stream can greatly improve the quality of the water in the stream. Acting as a filter, the trees remove the sediment and pollutants that flow from surface and subsurface runoff. 

  • Dense vegetation of native plants along the side of a stream supplies shade, which helps maintain a healthy and more regulated stream temperature.

  • Trees will slow the flow of water entering a stream. Water has a better chance to soak into the soil, recharging the groundwater as it travels through the layers of sticks and leaves of a forest.

  • The roots of trees stabilize the soil and prevent erosion, which can cause an excess of sediment entering a stream.

  • A riparian buffer can mitigate the effects of flash flooding

Forest buffers provide so many more co-benefits, including improved and increased wildlife habitat, invasive species removal and control, cleaner air, greener communities, recreational areas, increased property values, lower energy bills, and more.

At Stream-Link Education, we recognize the importance of integrating education into our conservation projects. Volunteers will walk away from a planting not only feeling good about their contribution, but also understanding the importance of their effort.

3 Year Maintenance Program

We guarantee at least an 85% Survival Rate

After the volunteer events, we are committed to doing maintenance on each site for 3 years. We promise to work hard to make sure your trees stay healthy and survive…and the hard work from our volunteers pays off! 

Maintenance duties vary from site to site but include:

  • Mowing

  • Straightening stakes and shelters

  • Feeding

  • Mulching

  • Pruning

  • Deer proofing

  • Adding bamboo stakes to leaning trees

  • Invasive species removal