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 excited to announce it's nomination in the Best Nonprofit Organization category of the 2020 APG Chesapeake-Reader Approved Awards! We are honored to be recognized for our work to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

EC has just entered it's 48th fall season, growing native plants to be used in our shoreline projects and for sale to our wholesale and retail customers. Since our founding, EC has restored degraded wetlands and constructed new wetlands to improve water quality, manage stormwater, increase habitat, stabilize shoreline erosion and mitigate wetland loss. Through our exciting outreach programs, Seed Stewards for Monarchs and Eastern Shore Seed Stewards, we are continuing to find ways to increase native habitat.

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