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.

With positive cases of COVID-19 increasing in Maine and across the nation, and with widespread school closures now in place, NRCM has decided to close our Augusta-based office to the public until further notice. Our staff will be primarily working at home in the coming weeks. We will still be available for your questions and thoughts via email. Please know that NRCM is staying abreast of the latest news and advice about COVID-19. Meanwhile, we will continue to work on policies and actions that address climate change, promote renewable energy, safeguard clean water and healthy forests, and help create better systems to manage our waste stream.

We hope that you stay healthy and safe, and trust that you can take the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature in the coming days. It provides solace in times like these, which is one of the many reasons we partner with you to protect it. Please send us your blogs and your photos of your favorite Maine places. And, please stay connected with us through social media by clicking on the icons below. We look forward to seeing you there until our paths can cross in person once again. Read our full statement.

Quarantining with Birds & Nature

Many Mainers and their children are home these days in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Allison and Jeff Wells share some great tools & tips for observing birds and sharing that information with others, all from your very own home.

Fields & Forests Beckon Our Kids

NRCM's board president Patty Hager applauds efforts of teachers, students, & families to continue schoolwork & learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and shares her thoughts about how NRCM is helping to protect the environment now and for future generations.

Exploring Maine's Environment Close to Home

NRCM Communications Manger Beth Comeau shares tips and photos of how to enjoy Maine’s environment in your own backyard and other places while practicing physical distancing during this time.

News from NRCM

Clean Car Rollback Latest Attack on Environmental and Health Safeguards by Trump Administration

Maine Public Health Association | Natural Resources Council of Maine | Maine Conservation Voters | Environment Maine March 31, 2020 (Augusta, ME) – As the nation faces an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, the Trump Administration continues its efforts to roll back critical science-backed safeguards that reduce pollution, protect...

News & Noteworthy — March 2020

The Natural Resources Council of Maine's Media Relations & Advocacy Communications Director Colin Durrant shares his thoughts on the latest news related to Maine’s land, air, water, and wildlife each week. Here are this week’s stories: March 19, 2020 COVID-19 has upended our way of life and working in Maine,...

Leading Maine Conservation Groups Criticize DEP’s Draft Permit on Controversial CMP Corridor

News release from NRCM, TU, and AMC March 13, 2020 (Augusta, ME) – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today issued a draft permit for the controversial Central Maine Power (CMP) transmission line. Although the draft decision imposes several significant conditions, DEP’s announcement drew strong criticism from three conservation...

Background photo: Whitecap Mountain by Peter Simmons

Happy 1st Anniversary to the Maine Brewshed Alliance

We want to take a moment to recognize the one-year anniversary of an exciting collaboration we launched last year with Maine’s craft brewers. On March 27, 2019, 13 Maine breweries and the Natural Resources Council of Maine came together to create the Maine Brewshed Alliance with the goal of leveraging the power of partnerships to protect the waterways that make our state a great place to live, work, brew, and enjoy great beer.

Maine's Outdoor Spaces Offer Respite During Trying Times

Forests & Wildlife Director Melanie Sturm shares helpful links and ideas for getting outside during these difficult times to take in some deep breaths and enjoy Maine's spectacular places while practicing physical distancing.

5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste While Practicing Social Distancing

NRCM's Sustainable Maine Director Sarah Nichols shares her top five ways to reduce food waste in your home while you are practicing social distancing over the coming weeks.

Critter Chatter: Spring Supply Needs

In her latest post, Jayne Winters shares a column by Donald Cote's late wife, Carleen, about their spring supplies needed to get wildlife at their center ready for spring and summer releases back into Maine's environment.

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. Learn more about this bad idea for Maine people & environment.

CMP transmission line corridor

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Find out how to clean, control pests, and dispose of household cleaning products in a way that’s healthy for your family and the environment! Features dozens of easy “recipes” to clean drains, control ants and insects, polish your shoes, and more—the non-toxic way.

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.

Moose crossing Golden Road

My Maine This Week: Jeannie Mooney

Barred Owl by Hal Winters

My Maine This Week: Hal Winters

skunk cabbage in woods

My Maine This Week: Steve Cartwright

Ambejesus Lake

My Maine This Week: Peter Simmons

Snowy view from Bald Mountain

My Maine This Week: Special Edition

river ice

My Maine This Week: David Small

Bigelow Preserve by Darryl Wood

My Maine This Week: Darryl Wood

Ellis River

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Enchanted River Township close-up of conifer branch

My Maine This Week: Todd Towle

Person caulking window on Bright Ideas pamphlet

Sustain ME

A feature to help you help the planet.

Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings

Taking steps to improve energy efficiency in your everyday life can save you money, reduce pollution, add to your comfort, and improve your sense of well-being. Around the house, on the road, and in your community, following these tips can help you become more energy efficient. Request a free brochure today!

Creature Feature: Striped Skunk

Did you know that skunks are active year-round, but during the cold of winter they slow down and stay inside their dens, sometimes with other skunk families and friends? Learn more about this sweet (and stinky) Maine animal in our latest Creature Feature.


Banner photo: Biddeford Pool by Allison Wells