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.

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CMP suffered a stunning setback for its controversial corridor project at the ballot box on November 2, and now the project’s future is in doubt. In this episode, NRCM’s Pete Didisheim dissects what’s happened since the overwhelming vote by Maine people to terminate the CMP corridor. November is Native American Heritage Month, and NRCM encourages you to learn more about Maine’s native Tribes and the campaign for Tribal sovereignty by visiting the Wabanaki Alliance website.

Join Us for NRCM's 2021 Virtual Dip & Dash!

We're virtual again this year, and that means you can join us from wherever you are! Dip in the ocean or a local lake or pond and raise money in support of NRCM's work to reduce climate change pollution. Dip or dash (or both!) any time from December 26th through January 2nd and send us your videos & pics! Learn more & register today! Let's ring out 2021 and ring in 2022 with a fun, fast, frosty Dip & Dash!

Maine's Climate Action Plan Turns One!

Today marks one year since the creation of Maine’s Climate Action Plan, “Maine Won’t Wait,” an exciting and ambitious framework to tackle climate change on all fronts in our state. Hundreds of Maine people, communities, and businesses have stepped up to deliver meaningful progress toward our climate goals. Read more about progress and work ahead from NRCM Climate & Clean Energy Director Jack Shapiro.

New NRCM logo beanies & more. Have you seen our new NRCM logo beanies, available in orange & gray? We also have NRCM t-shirts, designed by Maine artist Jon Luoma. We have caps, totes, and mugs, too! Order yours soon to ensure that they arrive in time for the holidays! Visit https://shop.nrcm.org to buy the perfect gifts today!

2022 Nature of Maine calendar & NRCM annual report. Learn about NRCM's work to protect Maine's air, land, water, and wildlife, and help us to live more sustainably. Order one of our beautiful Nature of Maine wall calendars, filled with important dates, moon phases, holidays, and information each month about NRCM's work during the past year. These are free (donations to cover postage & printing costs are always welcome) and make great stocking stuffers. Email your name & address to nrcm@nrcm.org to get your calendar.

Gift memberships to NRCM. Give the gift that keeps on giving, all year long—support NRCM's work to protect the nature of Maine with a gift membership. The perfect gift for anyone who loves Maine's outdoors.

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — December 2021

Read some highlights from this month’s news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this December 2021 News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. December 2, 2021 The United States tops a list. Often we like to be...

News & Noteworthy — November 2021

Read some highlights from this month’s news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this month’s News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. November 26, 2021 During this season of gratitude, we have a lot to be thankful...

US House Votes for Largest Investment in Climate Action and Clean Energy in History

NRCM statement by Federal Director Emmie Theberge November 19, 2021 (Augusta, ME) — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the Build Back Better Act, which includes the largest investment in climate action and clean energy in U.S. history. Below is a statement from Emmie Theberge, Federal Director at...

Background photo: Aerial view of Pleasant Lake and Pickett Mountain by J. Monkman/NRCM

Maine DEP Suspends Permit for CMP Corridor

On November 23rd, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Melanie Loyzim suspended the permit for CMP’s controversial corridor project. This is a major blow for the project and comes weeks after an overwhelming vote by Maine people to terminate the CMP corridor.

Below is a short statement from NRCM’s Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim:

“This is great news for Maine people and our environment. The Commissioner made the correct decision in suspending CMP’s permit. The facts before the DEP were clear and unassailable given that CMP’s illegal lease to cross public lands has been terminated and an overwhelming majority of Maine voters passed a new law banning the CMP corridor. This project was fatally flawed from the very beginning and it’s time for Massachusetts to choose an alternative option.”

Blue Jay on feeder. Photo by Konni Wells

Blue Jays Doing Pull Ups? Sort of

NRCM's bird experts Jeff and Allison Wells write in their latest blog, "We all know birds are clever. How they manage to build those beautiful nests, for example, or find their way during migration are questions posed by poets and prophets—and scientists—for centuries. The more we watch them, the more we find out just how clever they are." Learn about a clever Blue Jay and other birds that recently visited Jeff's Mom's yard.

GrowSmart Summit Inspires Confidence in a Better Tomorrow

NRCM's Josh Caldwell writes about the GrowSmart Maine annual summit held last week in Biddeford where Josh and others talked about ways that Maine can face the climate crisis while also improving some shortcomings many Maine communities face, including a lack of public transportation, biking and walking paths, new jobs, and the need for high-speed broadband. 

Critter Chatter—Odds & Ends

NRCM member Jayne Winters gives us an update on three fawns and other wildlife being rehabilitated by Don Cote of the Duck Pond Wildlife Center in Vassalboro. Also learn more about Don's work and how you can help him care for injured, ill, and orphaned animals in this latest edition of "Critter Chatter."

Add Your Voice: Support a Free-Flowing Kennebec River

Mainers have played a vital role in bringing life back to our rivers because clean water is so central to Maine’s economy and way of life. Removing four obsolete dams on the Kennebec River is an urgent next step that will improve the health of the Gulf of Maine, enhance riverfront communities, and bring back millions of sea-run fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon. Add your voice in support!

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Get one of our new NRCM logo beanies before they're gone! Also purchase NRCM t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, NRCM caps, totes, & more, all in support of our work to protect the nature of Maine.
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Featured: 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 the tips in our Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings brochure can help you become more energy efficient today.

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.

Maine-shaped rock on beach in Tasmania

My Maine This Week: Jeannie Mooney

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My Maine This Week: Kristen Lindquist

Spencer Mountain reflected in Spencer Pond

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

View from the top of Tumbledown

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

cormorant on kayak

My Maine This Week: Kelly Magalis

Semipalmated Sandpiper

My Maine This Week: David Small

Cold Stream Falls waterfall with woman and dog in water

My Maine This Week: David Preston

Barren Mountain by Michelle Moody

My Maine This Week: Michelle Moody

sunrise over Flagstaff Lake

My Maine This Week: Sam Horine

Reduce Your Use brochure

Sustain ME

A feature to help you help the planet.

Reduce Your Use: Tips for Reducing Your Footprint on the Environment

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? This brochure includes tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits. Request a free brochure today!

Piping Plover by David Small

Creature Feature: Piping Plover

Did you know that a Piping Plover parent will attempt to lure a potential predator away from its nest by feigning a broken wing? This endangered species nests at Maine beaches. Learn more about conservation efforts for Piping Plovers in our latest Creature Feature written by NRCM member Kristen Lindquist.

 

Banner photo: Katahdin from Foss and Knowlton Pond trail, by Steve Cartwright