Programs and Events in 2010

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Ramsar Delegation Visits EC

Ramsar visits EC

Ramsar Secretary General, Anada Tiega and Ramsar Senior Advisor to the “Americas”, Maria Rivera, visited Environmental Concern. Suzanne Slear, EC's President and also the Chair of the US National Ramsar Committee, led the group on a tour of EC then accompanied the delegation to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The group then toured the refuge lead by Suzanne Baird, Director of the Refuge. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a designated Ramsar site and the host to the largest breeding population of bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida.

Learn more about Ramsar by visiting their website

Visit the official Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge website

EC President is New Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce
March 2010

Suzanne Slear new Talbot Chamber Chair

Suzanne Slear, President of Environmental Concern, was officially installed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner in March.

To read the related Star Democrat article click here>>


EC Participated in the "Go Green to Grow Green"
May 2010



Suzanne represented Environmental Concern at “Go Green to Grow Green”, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. The event was held at Chesapeake College and was an information session on volunteering on the Eastern Shore.

Earth Day Clean-Up
April 2010
Earth Day clean up

Environmental Concern and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce removed debris from around the stormwater outfall in front of Chili’s Restaurant on Earth Day. Cups, bottles and bags were the majority of the litter. Maryland Environmental Services weighed the bags, with the grand total for the day at 140 lbs. of trash.


Exhibit at the Oxford Garden Club Flower Show
May 2010



The Oxford Garden Club presented a “Standard Flower Show”  at the fire house in Oxford, MD.

Our display won the Federated Garden Club top award in the Education Exhibit class for the living shoreline exhibit featuring live plants from our nursery illustrating the different zones in a salt marsh.

St Michaels Nature Trail Dedication Ceremony
May 2010

SMNT Trail dedication

SMNT trail dedication

The dedication ceremony for the St Michaels Nature Trail was held in San Domingo Park. EC Staff attended and EC President was one of the speakers thanking those instrumental in bringing the trail to completion.

EC played an important role in the process from the beginning and are pleased to see the new trail being used by so many residents and visitors.


SMNT trail dedication

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EC Chosen as the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program Coordinator for the Miles River
June 2010

Oysters with EC kids

As many of you know, EC was chosen last year by MD DNR to be the river coordinator for the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program on San Domingo and La Trappe Creeks.  The goal of this program is to protect the young oysters during their vulnerable first year of life. Young oysters (spat) are distributed to local waterfront participants in cages to be hung from their piers. After a year of growth, the oysters then released on local sanctuaries where the oysters will enrich the ecosystem and the oyster population. 

We are pleased to announce that EC has been chosen to be the river coordinator for the Miles River, one of the newest additions to the MGO Program for 2010 Learn about EC's role in local rivers

Learn more about the Marylander's Grow Oysters Program

Oyster Spat

Queen Anne's County Garden Club Flower Show
June 2010

Flower Show Display

EC received a second place award for the native plants educational exhibit at the Queen Anne’s County Garden Club flower show.


Native Plants Landscaping Conference
June 2010



EC attended the annual Native Plants in the Landscape Conference held at Millersville University. This is a great venue to meet with customers and make more people aware of what we do and what we grow.

Maryland Green School & Green Center Ceremony
June 2010



EC participated in this year’s Maryland Green Schools & Centers Ceremony teaching visiting students about wetlands.


What's Up Eastern Shore

What's Up Eastern Shore


EC was chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the silent auction at this year's "What's Up Eastern Shore" event in Annapolis. EC Staff were in on hand to help out with the auction, greet visitors to our booth, and enjoy free samples of food and beverages offered by the “Best of” What’s Up magazine’s winners from the Eastern and Western Shore.

Staff collected auction items from local businesses and donated handmade items.

What's Up Eastern Shore

EC President Elected to 3rd Term
June 2010


Suzanne Slear was elected for a third term as Chair of the US National Ramsar Committee. In this role Suzanne has the opportunity to communicate with people and organizations all over the world working to protect and preserve wetlands.


SWS Conference in Utah
June 2010

SWS EC booth


EC attended the Society of Wetland Scientists’ conference in Utah this year on behalf of EC and Ramsar. 

SWS in Utah

Dorchester County Master Gardeners Visit EC

Dorchester County Master Gardeners

The Dorchester County Master Gardeners paid a visit to EC in June. The group of approximately 30 Master Gardeners toured the nursery and learned about living shorelines.

Dorchester County Master Gardeners

EC Spring Native Plant Sale & Open House

Spring Plant Sale

We had a nice turn-out for the Spring Native Plant Sale, with several repeat customers stopping in.

Spring Plant Sale

Choptank River Wade In

Wade In 2010

The Choptank Trib Team waded into the San Domingo Creek from San Domingo Park in St Michael's for the second year in a row. The official depth this year was 25 inches which marks a slight improvement over last year at this time.

Each year members of the Choptank Trib Team and local elected officials wade in to a river in the Choptank watershed to asses water clarity and as a way to publicize and document water quality conditions in the watershed.

The Wade In was held in conjunction with Environmental Concern's Open House and Native Plant Sale. Environmental Concern has been participating in Trib Team efforts for several years and was pleased to host this year's event.

Choptank Trib Team Website

Wade In 2010

EC Fall Native Plant Sale

EC Fall 2010 Plant Sale

Fall is a great time for planting, and many people took advantage of our Fall Plant Sale's great prices, plant selection, and cooler temperatures.


Biodiversity of Maryland's Eastern Shore
9/25 & 9/26/2010


Environmental Concern & the Maryland Native Plant Society co-sponsored the "Biodiversity of Maryland's Eastern Shore" held on September 25 & 26 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

The conference featured lectures on local native plants and ecosystems and field visits to nearby sites.

Meeting of the US NAtional Ramsar Committee and Ramsar Site Representatives
October 2010

Suzanne Slear at Ramsar Meeting in Wisconsin

In her role as Chair of the US National Ramsar Committee, Suzanne Pittenger-Slear attended the Second Triennial Meeting of the U.S. National Ramsar Committee and the Ramsar Site Representatives, held in Trempealeau, Wisconsin.

She also attended the designation celebration for the Upper Mississippi River Floodplain Wetlands, the 27th Ramsar site designated in the US.

Ramsar Meeting


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