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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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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

Solar Bill Would Let Maine Grow Clean Energy Jobs

The bill that just passed both chambers in a preliminary vote must have ongoing support. Portland Press Herald editorial There’s an energy boom underway in this country, and it’s not in the oil fields. Advances in solar power technology have brought down prices, putting photovoltaic panels in financial reach of

House and Senate Approve Solar Bill, More Votes Ahead

Statement of Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine “The Legislature’s bipartisan votes for the solar bill are good news for Mainers. This common sense bill will help prevent the loss of solar jobs in Maine, save money for all Maine electricity customers, and allow more Mainers

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 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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A More Organic Sleep

Organic-ize your bedroom, where you probably spend one-third of your life! Look for mattresses, bedding, and towels made with organic cotton (and natural rubber in the mattresses) to encourage green manufacturing and reduce your exposure to toxic off-gassing. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click… 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.