In this episode of "Frontline Voices," Colin speaks with Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim about why we’re excited to see a broad range of investments for Maine’s people and environment in the plan announced by Governor Mills to distribute American Rescue Act funding. Pete also gives updates from an extremely busy legislative session on tribal sovereignty, plastic pollution, and more.
Protecting Maine's Environment
Protect Maine's Endangered Species
Every species plays a role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem but many are struggling to survive, which could have major consequences for our lives and the long-term health of the environment. Sign our petition to tell Congress to lead in protecting the planet for future generations by preventing the loss of plants and animals, and to address the biodiversity crisis head on.
Take Action: Stop Filling Maine's Landfills with Out-of-State Waste
Tell Maine legislators to pass LD 1639, which would close a loophole in state law that currently allows toxic out-of-state waste to fill up our State-owned landfills. This current practice threatens sites of historical, cultural, and spiritual significance for the Penobscot Nation, neighboring residents, and the Penobscot watershed, and it must be stopped.
Public hearings on many bills related to Maine's environment are happening right now, and your voice is one that legislators need to hear.
Your voice can make a huge difference for passing new laws to protect Maine’s environment and stopping bad proposals from becoming law. Our bill tracking page has hearing date and time information, NRCM testimony, action on the bills, and more. We also have a Take Action Toolkit to provide you with resources and guidelines for how to participate in the legislative process and speak out in support of Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife.
Rare Dove Wings It into Maine
NRCM's bird experts Jeff & Allison Wells write, "For years we had been lamenting, 'When will it be our turn to host a rare bird?' After all, our feeders were always full and provided a smorgasbord fit for a wide variety of species." Well, their time is now, and you can read all about their rare visitor in the latest "Birding with Jeff & Allison" blog post.
Critter Chatter — The Best of Intentions
In our latest Critter Chatter, Jayne Winters shares what you should do if you find an "orphaned" wild animal (hint: most often they are not orphaned and you should leave them alone). Most young Maine wildlife that appear to be abandoned don't need rescuing at all. And trying to do so can cause more harm than good.
The American Jobs Plan Provides Historic Opportunities for Maine
What does the American Jobs Plan mean for Maine? NRCM Federal Director Emmie Theberge shares 11 examples of how the Plan would benefit the lives and livelihoods of Maine people in every part of our state: from clean drinking water to high-speed broadband, clean energy jobs, a reliable energy grid, and more.
To limit potential exposure to the Coronavirus, we’ve moved all events online! Visit our events page to find out about upcoming webinars. Did you miss a recent webinar? Visit our YouTube channel to watch recordings of all of our past webinars, at your convenience.
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Celebrate Penobscot River Progress
The Penobscot River Restoration Project has been a huge success, improving access for sea-run fish to more than 2,000 miles of habitat. This exciting, challenging, and deeply meaningful collaboration is the subject of a new book, From the Mountains to the Sea, released late last year. Join us via Zoom on Thursday, May 20 at noon to hear stories from Mainers directly involved in the project. Advance registration required.
Support Recycling Reform for Maine
Join our movement to reform recycling in Maine, make it more efficient, and reduce the burden on taxpayers. We’re calling on lawmakers to adopt a solution that is used around the world to make corporations share in the cost of delivering recycling programs. Sign our petition in support of LD 1541, an “extended producer responsibility for packaging” law. Learn more.
Restoring the Kennebec River above Waterville
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 these tips can help you become more energy efficient. Download or order our Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings brochure 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.
Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp & Guide Service discount program.
A feature to help you help the planet.
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!
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: View of the Bubbles at Acadia National Park, by David Small