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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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Administration Needs to Heed Katahdin Woods and Waters Supporters

Responses in the public comment period nearly unanimously endorse the national monument. by Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director of the Augusta-based Natural Resources Council of Maine Portland Press Herald op-ed AUGUSTA — In May, the Trump administration asked Americans to weigh in on the fate of 27 national monuments, including Katahdin...

Maine’s River Herring Making Dramatic Comeback, a Godsend for the Food Chain

With the path to inland spawning grounds clear, the species rebounds with unexpected speed, benefiting everything from bald eagles to Atlantic cod. By Colin Woodard, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story BATH — Motorists crossing the bridge over the Kennebec this spring and early summer were afforded dramatic views...

Time for Lawmakers to Override Solar Veto

A modest change to the way power producers are paid is what an industry needs to expand. Portland Press Herald editorial board The Legislature is supposed to be long gone by the time the summer heat has Mainers turning on their air conditioners, creating the year’s peak demand for electricity....

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.

Support NRCM at Chipotle in Augusta or South Portland!

Support NRCM by enjoying a meal at Chipotle restaurants in Augusta at 1 Stephen King Drive, or South Portland at 359 Maine Mall Road, Sunday, July 30 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Bring this flyer to Augusta or this flyer to South Portland (printed or shown on your mobile device) or just tell the cashier that you are there to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and 50% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to NRCM!

Members of the Larouche family, 2016 NRCM People's Choice Award winners
The Larouche family, 2016 NRCM People's Choice Award winners

Nominate Your Choice for Our People's Choice Award

Help us honor someone (or a group) who has gone above and beyond to protect a special place, helped pass a particular safeguard for Maine’s environment, or worked to stop polluting companies from contaminating our state—a volunteer who has devoted their time and effort to making future generations will enjoy the kind of Maine we know and love today. Nominate them for NRCM's annual People's Choice Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, August 7.

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Sooth Sunburn Pain, Naturally

Sunburned? Reach for an aloe vera plant instead of an over-the-counter sunburn remedy that may contain ingredients that can make symptoms worse. Break off a piece of the aloe, peel it open, and spread the gel directly onto the sunburned area. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day… 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.