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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More

In response to COVID-19, EC is taking preventative measures to ensure safe pick-up of wholesale and retail plant orders.
EC's safety process follows:
*We ask that you call or email first to place your order.
*All orders must be paid for in advance.
*We will have your order ready when you arrive.
*Please call our office upon arrival (410-745-9620) and someone will come out to assist you.
*Upon placing your order, you will receive specific instructions regarding the loading procedure.

Our native plant availability page is updated every two weeks. Click the link below or email for more information on our current native plant selections.