Protecting Maine's Environment

Since 1959

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.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine was pleased to recently host a telephone town hall with Maine Senator Angus King. During the town hall, Senator King addressed concerns from constituents about the Trump Administration’s assault on our environmental protections, and gave tips on how we can fight back.

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Top Stories

Adult Ed, Recycling Tours: How to School Yourself in Sustainability

Mainers can take a class in Lewiston about electric cars, check out the ecomaine facility, or get a helping hand from the Natural Resources Council of Maine – just to name a few resources. By Ray Routhier, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Not that long ago, the idea...

York Teens Want Their Town to be the Latest to Ban Polystyrene Containers

By Deborah McDermott The York Weekly news story Four York High School seniors are taking democracy and a concern for the environment to heart, and have launched an online petition drive to ban polystyrene takeout containers from being used by restaurants in York. Margaret Wilkinson, Sophia Eytel, Anya Walsh and...

Increased Offshore Drilling is Not the Answer to America’s Energy Future

Bangor Daily News editorial The recent announcement from the Trump administration that it wants to open nearly all U.S. oceans to oil and gas drilling is certainly concerning. But there is not reason to panic, yet. The announcement, from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is no surprise as the Trump administration...

How to Stay Informed and Get Involved for Maine's Environment

The Maine Legislature is back in session. Here are some ways to get involved.

Stay up to date on environmental priorities in the Legislature with our bill tracking page. Visit to find out about upcoming public hearings, to read NRCM testimony, and more.

Join us on Tuesday, February 6 for Citizen Action Day for a chance to meet with your legislators about bills to protect Maine's environment.

Sign up for NRCM's Action Network to be ready to take action at a moment's notice on issues at the state and federal level.


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Don't Let CMP Tax Solar!

The PUC and CMP are trying to impose a fee on solar energy Mainers produce and use on site. This fee would boost CMP’s profits and make it harder for Maine businesses and people to produce their own power. Plus, implementing this new billing system will cost all Maine electricity consumers millions of dollars. It’s backward, completely unprecedented, and anti-consumer. Tell your legislators to oppose this fee on solar!

Join Us in Augusta on January 22 to Oppose Drilling Off Maine's Coast

Join us at the Augusta Civic Center on Monday, January 22, to oppose the Trump Administration's plans to open up the Atlantic Ocean, including the Maine coast, to oil and gas drilling. This would devastate our coastlines, fisheries, and coastal communities. Mainers have too much to lose and nothing to gain from this plan. If you are a Maine business owner, please sign onto our letter opposing drilling off Maine's coast.

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.

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Green Tip of the Day

cardinal in Hallowell winter Jeremy Shaeffer

Listen to the Sounds of Winter

The sounds of nature are different in winter than in spring and summer. Birds call rather than sing. The steady drip of an icicle melting in the sunshine, the crunch of snow underfoot—take time to enjoy these special sounds of Maine in winter, since before you know it will be spring! To view more tips, click… Continue Reading

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Creature Feature

Gray Squirrel

Creature Feature: Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Cool fact: Gray squirrels will hide food all over the neighborhood, each time taking note of surrounding landmarks and use spatial memory and smell to recover buried food. This is harvest season, a time to prepare for the long winter ahead. In the city and in the country, gray squirrels are… Continue Reading

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