Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM)
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC)
Choptank Tributary Team
Maryland Association of Environmental Outdoor Educators (MAEOE)
Maryland Native Plant Society
Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA)
Marylanders Grow Oysters
Shore Land Stewardship Council (SLSC)
Society for Wetland Scientists (SWS)
Talbot County Chamber of Commerce – Environmental Commission


Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)


Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM)
The Association of State Wetland Managers is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1983 to promote and enhance protection and management of wetland resources, to promote application of sound science to wetland management efforts and to provide training and education for our members and the public. Membership is open to anyone who is involved with wetland resources.

Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) Website


Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC)

The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to researching, promoting, and educating the public about conservation-based gardening and landscaping practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Council is committed to fostering changes in public attitudes and the implementation of practices that result in a cleaner, healthier and more beautiful environment benefiting residents and the region's biological diversity.

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council Website


Choptank Tributary Team

The mission of the Maryland Tributary Teams is to build consensus and advocate for policy solutions, to promote stewardship through education, and to coordinate activities and projects necessary to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay's water quality and assure healthy watersheds with abundant and diverse living resources.

The Choptank Trib Team is a group of concerned citizens, local government representatives, farmers, watermen, sportsmen, and business people who join together to promote wise stewardship of the watershed in which they live and work. The Team meets monthly and focuses efforts on identifying and understanding sources of pollution, supporting state and local legislation, policy and programs, proposing restoration activities, supporting Best Management Practices for agriculture and urban stormwater, and increasing awareness of issues facing the watershed that effect water quality and living resources.

Environmental Concern has been involved with the Choptank Tributary Team for several years by attending and hosting meetings, contributing to discussions, and producing the Team’s website.  EC hosted the annual Choptank Wade In, where Team members and local elected officials waded into the San Domingo Creek to evaluate water clarity, in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Choptank Trib Team Website


Maryland Association of Environmental Outdoor Educators (MAEOE)

MAEOE encourages, educates, supports, and inspires Maryland educators to build a citizenry that understands and is responsibly engaged in advancing sustainability to address human needs and to conserve the Earth's natural resources.

Every member of the education department is a member of MAEOE.  We regularly attend their yearly conference (one of the largest state EE conferences in the country) and frequently present and exhibit there.  We participate in their schoolyard habitat committee and partner with them for programs and workshops.  EC is designated as a Maryland Green Center and as such we support schools in becoming Maryland Green Schools, both programs are overseen by MAEOE. 

MAEOE Website

Maryland Native Plant Society

The Maryland Native Plant Society's mission is to promote awareness, appreciation, and conservation of Maryland's native plants and their habitats. We pursue our mission through education, research, advocacy, and service activities.

Maryland Native Plant Society Website

Eastern Shore Chapter


Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA)



Since 1934 the MNLA has existed to support, promote, and provide services and assistance to member businesses.  We support all constituent groups of the horticulture industry, including landscape, garden centers, interiorscape, grounds maintenance, nursery, greenhouse, arboriculture, botanical gardens and other allied businesses.  The MNLA also provides a unified voice of the industry, communicating to the public the vital role of the green industry in improving the quality of life.

MNLA Website


Marylanders Grow Oysters


Oyster Delivery

Initiated by Governor Martin O’Malley in September 2008, Marylanders Grow Oysters is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Oyster Recovery Partnership, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and local organizations. Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections inmates produce the cages for the program.

Environmental Concern is working with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Talbot County, and the Oyster Recovery Partnership to place oyster cages in the San Domingo and La Trappe Creeks. Due to the overwhelming response from waterfront property homeowners we distributed 367 cages to 48 piers , including EC’s piers, the St Michaels Town Pier at the end of West Chew, and the new pier at Easton Village.

To learn more about our oyster restoration program

Read the Oyster Growers Newsletter for Fall 2009


Ramsar Convention on Wetlands


The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is called the Ramsar Convention. The Convention's mission is "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world".

EC's President Suzanne Pittenger-Slear was elected Chair of the US National Ramsar Committee in 2008 and re-elected in 2009.

Ramsar Website

Shore Land Stewardship Council (SLSC)

SHORE LAND STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (SLSC), an initiative of Adkins Arboretum, is a partnership with nonprofit organizations, businesses and government agencies. Its purpose is to inform and empower individuals, businesses, communities and local governments in the mid-Shore counties of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot, to use more environmentally sound land stewardship practices in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, the 1,000 foot-wide area of land around the Bay and its tidal tributaries. The organization’s overall goal is to have a positive impact on water quality and the health of the Chesapeake Bay in keeping with the goals of the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area law.

Members of the Council include: contractors, state and local regulatory agencies, realtors, developers, conservation-oriented nonprofits, and private landowners in the Mid-Shore.

Shore Land Stewardship Council Website


Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) International

The Society for Ecological Restoration International's mission is to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.

SER Website


Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS)

The mission of the Society of Wetland Scientists is to promote understanding, scientifically based management, and sustainable use of wetlands.


SWS Website


Talbot County Chamber of Commerce – Environmental Commission


The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce is a champion for business, existing to stimulate economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life of our community

Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Website


Upper Eastern Shore Tributary Team

Upper Eastern Shore Trib Team's Mission is to reduce nutrient and sediment inputs and to restore habitat in the Upper Eastern Shore Watershed through community participation. The team is a highly motivated group of volunteers who consistently seek to develop partnerships in the watershed to protect and restore their beloved Eastern Shore landscape. The team is composed of a wide range of representatives from the four counties (Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot) that make up the watershed.

Upper Eastern Shore Trib Team - Maryland DNR Website Link

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