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 designed, permitted, and constructed this living shoreline located on Harris Creek in Talbot County over a two-year period, completing the project in 2020. The living shoreline protects approximately 3,800 linear feet of shoreline and created over 7 acres of beneficial habitat on the Creek. Before construction, EC eradicated invasive Phragmites and rehabilitated an access road. Spartina alterniflora, Spartina patens, and Distichlis spicata were planted in the newly constructed wetland. In addition, the Restoration team planted Panicum virgatum and related warm-season grasses in the transitional habitat. As you can see in the ‘after’ picture below, thousands of native plants grown in EC’s nursery are thriving in their natural habitat one year after completion - providing food, nesting, and cover for birds, waterfowl, and wildlife.

To see more of our Restoration projects, click below.

Restoration Projects