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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The restoration of wetlands, shoreline erosion control and improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is dependent on native plants. As part of Environmental Concern's mission, we strive to make native plants available for all of your projects - from small rain gardens to large shoreline installations.

EC's nursery has been continuously growing Spartina alterniflora (cordgrass) and Spartina patens (salt meadow hay) for shoreline restoration projects for 50 years. Our native plants are grown from seed that we collect on our living shoreline project sites and on EC's campus. Native wetland grass species also include Panicum amarum (coastal panic grass), Panicum virgatum (switchgrass), Distichilis spicata (spike grass/salt grass), Juncus effusus (soft rush), Juncus roemerianus (black needlerush) and more.

For help making your native wetland plant selections, click the link below to see our 2023 Wholesale Nursery Catalog.

To place an order, please email or call our office.

2023 Nursery Catalog