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.

Let Us Help You Explore Maine This Summer

Summer has finally arrived in Maine, and we couldn't be happier! Summer means picnics, hikes, swims, & our annual Explore Maine publication. We invite you to download or request your own copy today.

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Podcast: Big Wins for Maine's Environment

NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim reflects on the legislative session and how Maine’s environment was a big winner! Governor Mills signed bills into law to reduce carbon emissions, support renewable energy, maintain clean waters, and reduce plastic pollution. It’s refreshing to report that we’re moving forward.

Come Work with Us!

Are you looking for a job that will make a difference for Maine's environment? We are currently seeking a Forests & Wildlife Program Director to lead our efforts to protect the natural character of the ecologically, economically, and recreationally important woods and wildlife of Maine. Apply before August 2.

2019 People's Choice Award Nominations Open

Help us honor someone who is making a difference for Maine's environment to make sure future generations will enjoy the kind of Maine we know and love today. We are now accepting nominations for our 2019 People's Choice Award.

CMP wants to build a 145-mile transmission line though Maine's woods solely to bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, with no significant benefit to Maine people or our climate! Read the study that shows that it would do nothing to reduce climate-changing pollution.


News from NRCM

News and Noteworthy — July 2019

News & Noteworthy July 2, 2019 Here’s your latest round-up of news from the past week. A Remarkable Recovery On Monday, July 1, as Osprey flew overhead and sturgeon leaped, we joined friends and partners at Augusta’s Mill Park to celebrate the remarkable recovery of the Kennebec River at an...

20 Years Ago, Edwards Dam Removal Sparked a Movement for Free-flowing Rivers

NRCM Announces Plans for an Educational Display at the Dam Site NRCM news release July 1, 2019 (Augusta, ME) – Alewives, Bald Eagles, and other wildlife continue their inspirational return to the Kennebec River and its tributaries, 20 years after the Edwards Dam was removed here along the banks of...

Legislative Session Delivers Historic Wins for Maine’s Environment

NRCM News Release (Augusta, ME) — The Maine Legislature delivered historic wins this year for clean energy and Maine’s environment. With final bills now signed by Governor Janet Mills, Maine residents can celebrate new laws that will help protect rivers and lakes, reduce plastic pollution, boost renewable energy, curb carbon...

Birds, Bogs, and Grasslands: Update on Our Mindfulness Birding Big Year

How are intrepid birders Jeff and Allison Wells doing on their birding big year? In their latest blog post, they share where they’ve been and what birds they’ve seen…and haven’t.

Cool Apps to Help You Explore Maine

NRCM Social Media & Creative Services Manager Levi Hahn shares some cool apps for you to download to your smartphone to help you get outside and enjoy Maine's environment this summer! Happy Exploring!

Students & Maine's Environment

Ten Maine middle schools received NRCM grants to support their students' work studying Maine's environment. Read the latest from classes creating nature trails, championing recycling in their schools, studying brook trout, & more!

Explore Maine

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp discount program.

Attend an Event

Find out about events NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Get NRCM Gear, Baskets, & More

Get newly designed NRCM t-shirts (featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma), mugs, a black or khaki NRCM cap, totes, hand-crafted Passamaquoddy baskets, Atayne active apparel, & more.
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Do you know how much food the average Maine family of four wastes each year? Do you want to learn ways to reduce your food waste, plastic bag and foam food container use? Download or request a copy of our “Reduce Your Use” brochure for tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits such as grocery shopping, consumer purchases, cutting back on food and other waste such as plastic bags and food containers that take centuries to break down.

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.

Baxter State Park mountains photo by Sam Horine

My Maine This Week: Sam Horine

Stonington boat

My Maine This Week: Chris Hayes


My Maine This Week: Beth Comeau

Chipping Sparrow

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters

mink with litter by Dave Small

My Maine This Week: Dave Small

Red squirrel Peggy Yaeger

My Maine This Week: Peggy Yaeger

My Maine This Week Rainbow Lake

My Maine This Week: Butch Moor

Mason's drawing

My Maine This Week: Artwork by Mason, Age 6

American Woodcock by Dave Small

My Maine This Week: David Small


Sustain ME

A new feature to help you help the planet.

"Don't Let Good Food Go Bad" Fridge Magnet

Did you know that 40% of food produced ends up in landfills or left unharvested? Request a copy of our magnet to keep right on your fridge, with helpful tips to help you reduce the amount of food your household wastes each year. Learn the best place to keep your vegetables, your condiments, and other items to keep them fresh and usable.


Creature Feature: Harbor Seal

Did you know that the Portland Sea Dogs, a minor league baseball team, are named after the slang term for the harbor seal? And who could forget Maine's most famous harbor seal, Andre, who visited the coast each summer for many years. Learn more about this adorable Maine coast creature.