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.  EC’s mission is to promote the public understanding and stewardship of wetlands with the goal of improving water quality and enhancing natural habitats through wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture and the restoration, construction and enhancement of wetlands.


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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World Wetlands Day marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971 in the city of Ramsar, Iran. The Convention on Wetlands is a treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. There are presently over 160 Countries participating, including the United States. Around the globe, there are over 2,250 wetland sites, totaling 557 million acres designated as “Wetlands of International Importance”. The US has designated 40 sites covering 5 million acres.

Our closest Ramsar site is Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) which is part of the larger Chesapeake Estuarine Complex, designated in 1986. When you visit Blackwater NWR, you will discover the most complete network of protected lands in our Nation’s largest estuary. In the winter months, you can observe many species of birds including eagles, herons, shorebirds, bluebirds, pelicans, owls and killdeer. February is a great month to take a drive through Blackwater to see how many species you can observe.

Environmental Concern has proudly supported US Wetlands of International Importance for over 15 years!

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