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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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NRCM Joins Lawsuit to Support Maine Solar Power

Joins partners in taking issue to state’s highest court News Release August 15, 2017 (PORTLAND, ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), along with ReVision Energy, Industrial Energy Consumer Group, and Natural Resources Council of Maine, filed a brief today in its appeal at the Maine Supreme Court challenging the Maine...

Maine Aims to Use $21 Million VW Settlement to Improve Air Quality

MDOT is seeking public input on its website and plans to hold at least 2 public meetings. by Peter McGuire, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story The state is taking public comment on its plan to spend $21 million to reduce harmful vehicle emissions as part of a federal...

In Legislature, Solar Bill Met a More Powerful Foe: Doubt

Blindsided by a late question of constitutionality, backers see an effort to preserve incentives undone by seeds of confusion. by Tux Turkel, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Solar advocates spent months promoting the benefits of rooftop installations, developing details on topics ranging from job growth to lower electric...

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.

Biking at the KWW National Monument. Photo by Scott Spaulding

"Explore Maine" with NRCM!

Looking for great summer reads? Stunning places for adventure? Insider tips for exploring the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument? Download or request our new Explore Maine publication to learn all that and find books written by NRCM members, beautiful photos by some of our regular My Maine This Week photographers, and much more, including our staff members’ tips for exploring KWW for paddling, biking, birding, hiking, and more. Order your copy or read it online.

Vote for NRCM People's Choice Award

After more than 40 nominations, six finalists have been selected for NRCM's 12th annual People's Choice Award, given to volunteers who have devoted their time and effort to making sure future generations will enjoy the kind of Maine we know and love today. Learn about each of the finalists and then place your vote for NRCM's People's Choice Award. Deadline to vote is noon on Tuesday, September 12.

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A Big Green Package

To protect an item during shipment, reuse old newspapers or use the new biodegradable “peanuts” instead of Styrofoam peanuts. Encourage your friends and family – and mail-order companies with whom you do business – to do the same. 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.