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. Our staff offers decades of experience restoring and constructing wetlands to improve water quality, manage stormwater, enhance habitat and stabilize shoreline erosion.

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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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Beauty & Benefits
Garden with a Purpose – Plant Native Species this Summer

In addition to our three perennial marsh grasses, we are currently highlighting and offering three herbaceous perennials and two shrubs. Click the button below to see pictures of these species taken in our nursery on August 11.

• Herbaceous perennials for show-stopping aesthetic impact in your landscape
• Perennial marsh grasses for high functioning shore stabilization & wetland enhancement
All of these species can provide both Beauty & Benefits when planted in your little footprint of soil on this planet.

Enjoy the best of both worlds—planting native species is like getting a twofer (maybe even a three- or fourfer!)—enjoy the colors and textures, the new sightings or increased number of pollinators, the sustainable aspects of your native choices, etc.

Make your selection from the Retail Availability List by using the link below. Place your order by email at

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