Restoring the wetland at a time

Environmental Concern Inc. (EC) is a  public, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, located in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Mission:  EC is committed to improving water quality and creating, restoring and conserving wetlands, living shorelines and other natural habitats through education and outreach, propagation of native plant species and professional design and installation.



The Restoration Division at EC specializes in the creation and enhancement of freshwater wetlands and tidal salt marshes. In 2018, we planted over 400,000 wetland plants by hand for restoration projects. These habitats will offer protection and food sources for hundreds of species.

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EC maintains the nation's first wholesale native plant nursery, established in 1972. Currently, we offer over 120 wetland and upland native plants species. In addition to operating as a wholesale nursery, EC's nursery is an integral part of our education and restoration endeavors.

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Outreach & Education

Our Educators work to improve the understanding and appreciation of wetlands and their importance to improving water quality and natural habitat. Since 1985, EC has offered professional training as well as community workshops and outreach initiatives.

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Environmental Concern is pleased to announce the new Eastern Shore Seed Stewards program! The Eastern Shore Seed Stewards initiative is an extension of the Seed Stewards for Monarchs program. EC is educating the community about growing native plants; plant identification; and native plant seed harvesting. Seed Stewards collect seeds to propagate and grow in their gardens, and donate a percentage of their seeds to EC. Your participation will increase habitat for all native creatures that need the food, cover, and protection that the native plants provide on shorelines and in rain gardens, pollinator gardens, and wetlands.

Seed Stewards communicate by email, virtual education sessions, and social media. Seed Stewards also network with each other to share helpful suggestions and tips for successful seed harvesting.

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