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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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North Woods National Monument Opens Fully to the Public

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story KATAHDIN WOODS AND WATERS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Maine — Amid an ongoing federal review and contention over the signs advertising it, Maine’s national monument opened fully for its first full year on Thursday with a handful of visitors more interested

Maine Environmental Advocates Decry Trump’s Proposed EPA Cuts

by A.J. Higgins Maine Public news story Sweeping budget cuts proposed by President Trump would slash Environmental Protection Agency programs that reduce pollution in Maine, save lives and strengthen communities, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the group, told reporters at a Brewer

Lawmakers Draft Letters to Interior Secretary Defending National Monuments

by Susan Sharon Maine Public news story Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District and 85 of her colleagues have sent a letter to the interior secretary warning him that only Congress has the “Constitutional authority to revoke or shrink a national monument.” Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King
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Maine business, community, and political leaders voiced their opposition to efforts to overturn the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The group released letters to Maine’s Congressional delegation, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Governor Paul LePage strongly defending the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument as an asset to the Katahdin region that already is providing positive benefits. Read full news release.

You can submit your comments in support of the National Monument as part of the Department of Interior's 60-day public comment period. Please help defend Katahdin Woods & Waters!

NRCM Releases Report Documenting 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.

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Want to stay up to date on all of the bills being discussed at the Maine Legislature this spring? Visit NRCM's legislative bill tracking page to view the public hearing schedule, fact sheets about bills we are working on, and to find out where NRCM stands on the issues. Bookmark this page and visit often throughout the session!

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Hand Out Some Hand-Me-Downs

By NRCM | May 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kids grow so fast, it makes no sense for your wallet or the environment to constantly buy them new clothes. Share with friends who have children older and younger than yours, and hit up the yard sales and thrift stores. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS… Continue Reading

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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. Learn more about river otters here. 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. See past Creature Features here.

River otters in the Bagaduce River. Photo by Ann Flewelling

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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. Download or order our publications.