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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Celebrate World Wetlands Day With EC
February 2nd each year is World Wetlands Day. This day offers the world the opportunity to celebrate together, and to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

The 2021 World Wetlands Day theme highlights the contribution of wetlands to the quantity and quality of freshwater on our planet. This year’s theme shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss. Water and wetlands are connected in an inseparable co-existence that is vital to life, our wellbeing and the health of our planet.

How you can get involved:
*Organize a webinar, zoom conference
*Organize a community walk, bike or run for wetlands
*Plan a wetland clean-up day
*Visit a Wetland of International importance in your state, or local area
*Share outreach materials on your website, social media, newsletters or bulletin boards (

We are fortunate to be close to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. BNWR is a Wetland of International Importance, designated on April 6, 1987. If you have not visited the Refuge, now is a great time to hike or drive the trail. Thousands of migrating ducks are visible along the Refuge drive. Click the button below to learn more and check hours of operation.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge