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Food Businesses Trending Away from Single-use Plastic Items

by Laurie Schreiber Mainebiz news story Increasing numbers of Maine food businesses and lodgings are putting themselves in the forefront of national and international trends to switch out from petroleum-based items like straws, to-go containers and disposable cups and plates, to eco-friendly compostable versions. The Migis Hotel Group switched from...

Fish and Wildlife Department Critical of CMP Plan

By George Smith Bangor Daily News column Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has stepped up big time to criticize Central Maine Power’s proposal to construct a massive new transmission line through Maine to move electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts. The good people of New Hampshire rejected CMP’s proposal,...

Persuasive 2nd-Grader Prompts Portland to Ban Plastic Straws in City Hall Cafe

The city manager says he's happy to implement 'Phoebe's Rule' banning plastic straws, and hopes that others will do the same. by Julie Pike, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Portland has joined the growing backlash against disposable plastic straws by ending their use in the Clock Tower Cafe...



Have you heard about Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile high voltage transmission line from the Quebec-Maine border, through western Maine to Lewiston? CMP is proposing to build a transmission line though Maine's woods solely to bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, with no significant benefit to Maine people and no benefit to our climate!

Add your name in opposition to CMP's proposal.

Listen to "Maine Environment with NRCM" Podcast, Episode 4

Nate Gray of the Maine Department of Marine Resources describes the largest alewife run in the United States, happening right now at Benton Falls in Central Maine. NRCM Senior Director of Advocacy Pete Didisheim shares the story of the removal of the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River and how this work of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and others in the Kennebec Coalition helped begin restoration of this important fishery.

"My Family and ME"—Enjoying Maine's Environment

You’re invited to join us in celebrating families like yours who care about protecting the nature of Maine. Show us your smiling children at the beach. Snap a pic of your spouse or partner at the summit of a mountain. Take a photo at your annual family reunion at Aunt Irene’s camp. Wherever you and your family are outside in Maine this summer, we want to see your pics! We’ll share your photos on our website!

Moosehead Lake. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman/NRCM

LUPC Proposes Elimination of Adjacency Principle

NRCM is concerned about the Land Use Planning Commission’s (LUPC) proposal to eliminate the adjacency principle’s "one-mile rule." This policy has guided responsible development while protecting wildlife habitat and remote, undeveloped parts of Maine’s North Woods for more than 45 years, so it should not be discarded quickly or lightly.

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Solar Energy is Looking Up in Madison, Maine

NRCM intern Sam Milligan shares his thoughts about solar energy after a recent visit, along with several NRCM staff members, to the Madison Electric Works solar project.

Long Journeys for Conservation

In their latest Year of the Bird post, NRCM’s Allison Wells and husband Jeff, lifelong birders, write about an elder from the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation in Canada’s Northwest Territories who traveled two days to visit Maine, to advance conservation.

Happier Hummingbirds

Check out our latest blog post by Deb Perkins of First Light Wildlife Habitats to learn about hummingbirds and how to create a habitat for them in your own backyard.

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.

12-spotted skimmer at Moosehorn NWR by Leda Beth Gray

My Maine This Week: Leda Beth Gray

Bottle Island by Sam Horine

My Maine This Week: Sam Horine

Harp seal in Tenants Harbor

My Maine This Week: Steve Cartwright

chipmunk eating peanut

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters

Spotted Sandpiper chick near the Penobscot River in Old Town, Maine

My Maine This Week: David Small

Marshall Point Lighthouse by Don Drake

My Maine This Week: Don Drake

Loons on Brettun's Pond in Livermore. Photo by Ted Anderson

My Maine This Week: Ted Anderson

Gay wings plant by Linda Woods

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Spring peeper by David Preston

My Maine This Week: David Preston

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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.

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