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

Lawmakers Have One More Chance to Fix Nonsensical Solar Rules

Bangor Daily News editorial Maine lawmakers again have the chance to fix unnecessary rules that will hamper the development of solar and other alternative, clean energy in Maine and will also needlessly cost Mainers millions of dollars. In 2016, the Legislature passed a bipartisan bill to update the state’s rules...

Climate Change is Burning a Hole in Our Pocketbooks

By J. William Somes, Special to the BDN Bangor Daily News op-ed How many times in a month do you turn on the news and find that a climate-related catastrophe has laid waste to another swath of land, claiming dozens of lives and billions of dollars in damages? The horror...

LePage Rightly Opposes Biomass Subsidy Bond

Maine should be looking to the future for forest products, not clinging to the past. The Editorial Board Portland Press Herald editorial Maine lawmakers faced a crisis in 2016: Subsidize the biomass industry or see hundreds of jobs vanish. It wasn’t much of a choice, following the shutdown of paper...

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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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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