Environmental Concern Inc.

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Environmental Concern Inc.

Environmental Concern Inc. (EC) is a public not-for-profit corporation, 501(c)3, headquartered in St. Michaels, Maryland. EC promotes public understanding and stewardship of wetlands with the goal of improving water quality and enhancing nature’s habitat. This is accomplished through wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture, and the restoration, construction and enhancement of wetlands.

Environmental Concern educators teach about wetlands!

Wetland Restoration

EC’s founder, Dr. Edgar Garbisch, developed the protocol for wetland restoration over 40 years ago. More recently the engineers and scientists at Environmental Concern have refined the original protocol so as to manage more erosive conditions.

EC has restored more than one thousand wetland acres, protecting more than 35 miles of shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  EC has designed, permitted, constructed, planted, monitored and maintained hundreds of wetland habitats, including vegetated tidal wetlands, nontidal wetlands, tidal and nontidal buffers, and surface water management facilities.

The vegetated tidal wetland (Living Shoreline) is not an isolated feature in the landscape.  EC’s design-build expertise includes buffer management, stormwater design, regenerative stormwater conveyance systems, landscaping plans, invasive species control, and watershed assessments. EC employs GIS and CAD professionals, Professional Wetland Scientists (PWS), environmental engineers and restoration ecologists.  Our Restoration staff members hold advanced degrees in Biology, Landscape Architecture, Restoration Ecology, and GIS Management.  EC is an approved Technical Assistance Provider with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).  EC owns and operates all of the construction equipment used in its restoration projects.

Environmental Concern’s restoration staff specialize in designing and building living shorelines. All plants for the restoration projects are grown from seed at EC’s native plant nursery.


Wetland Horticulture

EC developed the nation’s first wholesale wetland plant nursery in 1974. EC cultivates more than 120 wetland plant species that are native to the Northeast United States. Plants are grown from seed at EC’s seven acre nursery in St. Michaels, Maryland. The herbaceous capacity of the EC nursery exceeds one million 2” plugs annually. EC’s Nursery employs three horticulture professionals with advanced degrees.


Wetland Research, Outreach and Education

EC supports a robust Education and Outreach program.  EC is a certified Maryland Green Center – 1 of only 4 on the Eastern Shore.  EC teaches classes in Wetland Construction, Wetland Delineation, Permitting, Plant Biology and Invasive Species Control to engineers, architects, contractors and regulators.  EC environmental educators teach WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands and POW! The Planning of Wetlands to teachers, college and high school students and professional gardeners.  EC educators, working with schools in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, have designed and installed more than 100 schoolyard habitats.

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In 2015, EC formed the Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative, with the mission to foster collaboration and activate conservation initiatives through shared physical and education resources to increase Monarch habitat in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The main goals of MAMI are to: educate the public about monarch butterflies; propagate and increase the availability of native milkweed and nectar species; and create and restore monarch butterfly habitat.