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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Our final 2023 professional course, Winter Woody Plant ID is scheduled for December 6 - 8. Join the hundreds of graduates who have participated in our wetland training courses.

If you are a Professional Wetland Scientist in Training (PWIT), EC's courses meet the required education criteria. Keep your certificate as proof of specialized wetland course work required for the certification.

EC and Coastal Resources Inc. use their shared experience and resources to offer high-level professional training to students, practitioners and consultants. Class size is limited to 12-14 participants, encouraging more interaction and collaboration with classmates and instructor, Sean Sipple. Sean is a Senior Environmental Scientist with 21 years of experience. He is well-recognized for his technical expertise in the wetland field.

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