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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It's time for EC's Fall Native Retail Plant Sale!

We are excited to welcome you to our campus September 8th and 9th from 9 am - 2 pm to purchase native plants for your gardens. There will be a variety of selections in plug, quart and one gallon sizes for all of your growing areas.

We only grow true native plants that occur naturally in the Mid-Atlantic region. Native plants have evolved and adapted to the local conditions over hundreds of years. Our plants are propagated from seed and grown in our greenhouses. When you choose native species, you are making a difference by offering wildlife food and shelter, reducing fertilizer and pesticides, slowing stormwater flow, and reducing nutrients and pollutants that flow unimpeded into our local waterways. You are gardening with a purpose!

Fall Native Retail Plant List