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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Unlock the mysteries of wetland plant identification with our comprehensive three-day Grasses, Sedges and Rushes course explicitly tailored for Environmental Scientists, Ecologists and Botanists. Delve deep into the world of grasses, sedges and rushes - key species that form the backbone of wetland ecosystems. Our expert led lectures bring clarity to this complex topic. At the same time, hand-on examination of live plant specimens, both in the classroom and in the field, ensures practical learning you can apply during your next work related field trip.

Since 1980, Environmental Concern has pioneered wetland education, offering unrivaled expertise and access to diverse field locations where you can observe mature plants in their natural settings. This course will provide a solid understanding of the crucial plant families and subdivisions that characterize wetland and upland habitats. Join us on this botanical adventure and gain the confidence to identify grasses, sedges and rushes.

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