Protecting Maine's Environment

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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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In the End, Mainers Will Reject Regulators’ Anti-clean-energy Rule

The PUC tax on energy produced and used in the home will take effect as an election approaches. by Seth Berry Portland Press Herald op-ed AUGUSTA — Since Aug. 2, I’ve been asked many times: What happened to this year’s solar bill? And why? Despite overwhelming public support, on the...

Groups File Brief Challenging Maine’s New Solar Rules

The filing appeals the Public Utilities Commission's new solar rules in the wake of a failed legislative effort to sustain incentives. Portland Press Herald news story Groups opposed to Maine’s amended solar rules have joined in a brief challenging the authority and actions of the Public Utilities Commission. The Conservation...

Belfast Becomes Latest City to Ban Plastic Bags, Polystyrene

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story BELFAST, Maine — Paper or canvas? Shoppers in Belfast will need to remember to bring their own bags from home, or get used to paper, because plastic is on the way out. Belfast city councilors approved a citywide ban on...

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.

Biking at the KWW National Monument. Photo by Scott Spaulding

"Explore Maine" with NRCM!

Looking for great summer reads? Stunning places for adventure? Insider tips for exploring the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument? Download or request our new Explore Maine publication to learn all that and find books written by NRCM members, beautiful photos by some of our regular My Maine This Week photographers, and much more, including our staff members’ tips for exploring KWW for paddling, biking, birding, hiking, and more. Order your copy or read it online.

Vote for NRCM People's Choice Award

After more than 40 nominations, six finalists have been selected for NRCM's 12th annual People's Choice Award, given to volunteers who have devoted their time and effort to making sure future generations will enjoy the kind of Maine we know and love today. Learn about each of the finalists and then place your vote for NRCM's People's Choice Award. Deadline to vote is noon on Tuesday, September 12.

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Green Tip of the Day

Safe and Saving

If you like the security of outdoor floodlights, get some with motion sensors. They’ll only turn on when someone walks in front of it, instead of wasting energy all night. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.  

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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.