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Protecting the nature of Maine since 1959, by harnessing the power of science, the law, and the voices of people who value Maine's environment.

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Breaking News! More Than Two-thirds of Maine House and Senate Approve Solar Bill; Next Significant Vote Expected to be Veto Override (LD 1504, as amended)

Statement of Dylan Voorhees, Climate and Clean Energy Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine “Today, the Maine House (105-40) and Senate (29-6) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a compromise solar bill to help build a prosperous future for Maine people through encouraging clean, locally produced solar power and the good

Clean Water Rule Repeal? Maine Drinking Water, Tourism “at Risk”

Listen to full news story. PORTLAND, Maine - The Trump administration is moving forward with efforts to scrap the 2015 Clean Water Rule, a move that concerns conservation groups and the state's tourism industry.   About half of Maine's drinking water comes from surface water that is fed by small

Construction of Solar Project on South Portland’s Capped Landfill to Start in July

  The array off Highland Avenue is expected to generate about 12 percent of the electricity used by the city's school and municipal buildings. by Kelley Bouchard, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story SOUTH PORTLAND — Construction of a solar array on the city’s capped landfill is expected to

Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack – Help Defend It!

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s National Monument. At the request of Governor LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI is seeking comments during a 60-day public comment period that ends on July 10.

Join The SunriseGuide in Portland on June 28th for Launch Party Cruise as well as a Raffle to Benefit NRCM!

Join The SunriseGuide for a sunset cruise on Casco Bay on Wednesday, June 28 at 5:45 p.m. to celebrate the launch of this summer's Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide. Enjoy the rockin' harmonies of Jeezum Crow, delicious locally sourced snacks, and ring in summer with an evening tour of the bay. Cruise tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of. Get yours early before they sell out!

You can also purchase tickets for a raffle with all proceeds benefiting NRCM. Pre-purchase raffle tickets by calling (207) 221-3450 or stopping by the SunriseGuide office at 80 Elm Street, Portland, to win a 2-night stay for up to 4 people at Mt. Chase Lodge, right next to the new Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, or you buy them on board (1 for $5 or 5 for $20). We hope to see you on June 28th in Portland!

Casco Bay Lines

Help us “put the focus” on celebrating 30 years of the Land for Maine’s Future program. Celebrate LMF's anniversary by participating in NRCM’s photo contest! Now through Friday, August 18, send us your photos of these spectacular lands for your chance to win a prize and have your photo featured on our website.

Photo by Benjamin Williamson

NRCM Report Documents Damage to Maine if Proposed EPA Budget Cuts are Approved

The Trump Administration has proposed deep cuts to EPA programs that reduce pollution in Maine, save the lives of Maine people, and strengthen our communities and economy. Read our report, "Damaging Maine: The Impact of Proposed Cuts to the EPA Budget," to learn how the Administration’s unprecedented proposed cuts would cause widespread harm to efforts to protect clean air and water, achieve economic redevelopment at shuttered paper mills, and protect Mainers from toxic hazards.

Members of the Larouche family, 2016 NRCM People's Choice Award winners
The Larouche family, 2016 NRCM People's Choice Award winners

Nominate Your Choice for Our People's Choice Award

Help us honor someone (or a group) who has gone above and beyond to protect a special place, helped pass a particular safeguard for Maine’s environment, or worked to stop polluting companies from contaminating our state—a volunteer who has devoted their time and effort to making future generations will enjoy the kind of Maine we know and love today. Nominate them for NRCM's annual People's Choice Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, August 7.

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Green Tip of the Day

Bug Off, Naturally

Make a natural bug repellant with 10 drops of eucalpytus or lemongrass oil and two tablespoons soybean oil mixed in a glass jar—dab it on your skin. Chemicals in many commercial insect repellents may cause skin irritation and swelling—and some have even been classified by the EPA as carcinogens, if ingested. To view more tips, click here…. Continue Reading

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Creature Feature

river otters Bagaduce River

Creature Feature: River Otter

To encounter a river otter in the wild is to know joy. How could it be otherwise? “Otters are highly intelligent; their inclination to make a ‘game’ out of almost any activity is almost legendary,” wrote Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife biologist John Hunt.

NRCM’s Creature Feature helps you learn about many species of wildlife that live in Maine and whose survival depends upon a clean and healthy environment.

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Featured publication: Visitors Guide to Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

NRCM is dedicated to making information available on issues facing Maine’s environment and the people who rely upon it. Our publications, including our Maine Environment newsletters, will, we hope, help you better understand the topic of interest and provide you with information that you can use in your own work on behalf of the people, wildlife, and environment of Maine.