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.

Remove Scott Pruitt from the EPA

EPA Administrator Pruitt is unfit to lead the federal agency that protects our public health, environment, and economy. During his time in office, Pruitt has worked to silence scientists and derail dozens of environmental safeguards that protect our clean air, clean water, public lands, and climate. We need to replace him with someone who will stand up for the American people rather than polluters.

National Security Impacts of Climate Change

Climate change threatens America’s national security as well as communities around the world. Extreme weather, food and water scarcity, and sea-level rise caused by climate change can lead to political instability and even war. The U.S. military, intelligence community, and world nations are taking these threats seriously. Watch videos of our recent forums, featuring Senator Angus King and others.

Middle Schoolers Protecting Maine's Environment

For the third year in a row, NRCM has awarded our “Engaging Maine Middle School Students in the Nature of Maine” grants to middle schools and programs across the state (eight schools received grants this year). Hear from the students and teachers as they work on creative and exciting projects designed to explore, understand, and protect Maine's environment.

Everyday is Earth Day at NRCM, but on Earth Day weekend, we will participate in many community events around the state—and you're invited!

Saturday, April 21

Girl Scouts of Maine's Green Up ME event, LL Bean in Freeport

Terra Matters Youth Climate Summit, Portland

Celebrate Science and Earth Day, Kennebunk

Sunday, April 22, Earth Day

York Energy and Sustainability Fair, York

Aveda Salon Clean Water Walks - Aveda salons throughout the state will host clean-up events in April, including several this weekend. Find a full list of clean-up events, and then join one near you to help protect Maine's clean water. On Sunday, April 22, there will be Aveda events in Lewiston, Belfast, Camden, Lincolnville, and Waterville.

Top Stories

Unanswered Questions about CMP Bid to Cross Maine to Bring Clean Power from Canada to Massachusetts

Is it a shell game? by Christine Parrish The Free Press news story Questions are being asked as to whether a $950 million electricity transmission line that Central Maine Power proposes to build across a remote part of Maine will reduce greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, as intended. The...

Bath’s Bag Ban Kicks Off Sunday…on Earth Day

by Nathan Strout, Times Record Staff Times Record news story The city of Bath will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday by banning single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers. The ordinance was approved by the city council in November 2017 with almost zero opposition. The long interim period between passage and...

Report: Greenhouse Gas Initiative Gave $4 Billion Back to Participating States’ Economies

By Fred Bever Maine Public news story The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nine-state carbon-pricing program known as RGGI, has continued to bolster Northeast economies even as its environmental goals grew more ambitious, according to the latest three-year report on RGGI by the Analysis Group. The report was commissioned by...

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.

Get your copy of our newest publication, "Reduce Your Use" for tips to reduce your impact on the environment (and your wallet) by making simple changes to your daily habits.

Explore Maine

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
View the map & learn more.
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!
View events

Get NRCM Gear, Baskets, & More

Get NRCM caps, t-shirts, and totes, hand-crafted Passamaquoddy baskets, Atayne active apparel, & more.
View online store

Celebrate Maine’s Clean Waters in April – Earth Month! NRCM & Aveda salons across the state (and one in Massachusetts, too!) are raising awareness and funds for NRCM’s work for clean water. Please support their efforts! Visit any participating Aveda salons to make your pledge, and consider joining any of their special clean-up events.

View the full list of events. 

Puffin on Seal Island

My Maine This Week: Larry Mingledorff

Boulder-beach-Acadia-National-Park-bennett-christiansen

My Maine This Week: Bennett Christiansen

Gooch's Beach at sunrise, Kennebunk

My Maine This Week: Frank Brooks

Fox in Gardiner by Mary Gilbert

My Maine This Week: Mary Gilbert

Bigelow's Frosted Tips

My Maine This Week: Matthew Greenleaf

Kayaking by a seaweed cliff in Georgetown Maine

My Maine This Week: Janet Dugdale

Acadia National Park

My Maine This Week: Mandy Willett

View of Katahdin by Wendy Weiger

My Maine This Week: Wendy Weiger

Back Cove in Portland

My Maine This Week: Jamie Dorr

Green Tip of the Day

door hinge

Squeaky Wheels

To lubricate non-specialized mechanical items (from door hinges to kitchen equipment) use canola oil instead of petroleum-based greases. It’s easier on the environment. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.    

Read More

Creature Feature

Raccoon, photo by Jayne Winters

Creature Feature: Raccoon

The only place raccoons don’t live is in the dense spruces and firs of the northern boreal forest, and the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

Read More