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LePage Refuses to Put Up Road Signs for North Woods National Monument

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument, pending the outcome of a federal review, state officials said Friday. The governor won’t allow official signs for Katahdin Woods and

Maine’s National Monument Protects Ponds, Streams Where Our Iconic Fish Swim

By Kathy Scott, Special to the BDN Bangor Daily News op-ed Picture fishing in the woods of northern Maine. Cool, clear ponds ringed with fir and pine, and dimpled with rising trout. Tumbling cascades and pools in streams, rivers as wild and beautiful as any across the country. Brook trout

In Gov. LePage’s View, No One Has Right Answers but Him

His resistance to a legislative deal on 'nips' deposits is just the latest in a long list of policy stances shaped by his gripes and prejudices. Portland Press Herald editorial It should have been a story about how government and industry came together to quietly solve a problem through compromise.
Photo courtesy of Katahdin Woods & Waters

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.

Maine State House

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!

Brewer Community School science students learn how to tap sugarbush trees.

Maple syrup production, alewife habitat, aquaponics, and more. Students around the state are learning about the environment thanks to innovative teachers and some educational grants from NRCM. Read blogs by students and teachers and follow their progress throughout the spring. Thanks to all of the schools participating in these great projects!

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Green Tip of the Day

Turn in Your Old Thermostat

By NRCM | May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Replace your old mercury-containing thermostat and bring it to a hardware store for a $5 coupon. Mercury that ends up in the environment threatens wildlife and people. This recycling program has been in place since 2006 and has kept more than 300 pounds of toxic mercury out of Maine’s environment. To view more tips, click… 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.