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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ReVision Solar Array Rising in Woolwich

By Phil Di Vece, News Contributor Wiscasset Newspaper news story A solar array that will provide some of Woolwich’s electrical needs is taking shape at the former landfill off Middle Road. The array’s metal racking system is in place awaiting the solar panels. ReVision Energy of Portland and Liberty is...

Chemical Apologist is the Wrong Man to Oversee National Chemical Safety

Bangor Daily News editorial We generally believe presidents should have wide to appoint people who share their views to cabinet and other executive branch positions. Some nominees, however, are so far out of the mainstream or so unqualified that their nominations should be rejected. Michael Dourson is one of those...

Katahdin Woods and Waters: “Renewed Hope for Maine”

by Mary Kuhlman Public News Service news story AUGUSTA, Maine – From Maine to California, hundreds of small businesses are speaking up on behalf of some of the country's most treasured places. Nearly 600 businesses and chambers of commerce on Thursday sent a letter asking the head of the National...

Join us for our 10th annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash in Portland on Sunday, December 31st.

Have you always wanted to do something fun and exciting to end the year and kick off the year ahead? Then this event is for you! Join us for a 5K walk or run around Back Cove and/or a plunge into icy, cold Casco Bay. 

If you have ever participated in our Dip & Dash, please join us on the beach for a "reunion photo." Register today at

All money raised supports our work toward a clean energy future for Maine.

Tell EPA You Support the Clean Power Plan

President Trump and his administration are proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan—the nation’s first and only federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants—before it has even take effect! For the health of Maine's citizens and environment, tell the EPA not to roll back the Clean Power Plan!

Holiday Gift Ideas and Green Tips

This holiday season, give gifts that help protect the nature of Maine! Here are a few suggestions, as well as some green holiday tips to help you plan a holiday celebration while also protecting the nature of Maine.

Maine is known and loved for its beautiful lands, lakes, rivers, and coastline—and we owe a lot to the individuals who have helped protect these natural resources. Each year, NRCM recognizes several of those who have made significant, lasting contributions to safeguarding our environment.

NRCM’s 2017 Conservation Leadership Award winners:
David L. Courtemanch (Mt. Vernon)
Tony Giambro and Travis Ritchie, of Paris Autobarn (South Paris)
Martha Spiess (Freeport)
2017 People’s Choice Award winners: Addie Farmer and Lainey Randall (Portland)

Award winners with Lisa Pohlmann (L to R): Martha Spiess, Lainey Randall, Addie Farmer, David Courtemanch (seated), Tony Giambro, and Travis Ritchie
Polar Bear Dip & Dash trivia

Answer a few questions about our annual Dip & Dash for your chance to win.

Have you been to one of our previous nine Polar Bear Dip & Dash events at East End Beach in Portland? Do you remember which year was the coldest? The warmest? Any idea which local radio station promotes the event on air each year? What is the leading cause of climate change in Maine?

Answer these questions and more for your chance to win a hand-made polar bear mug by a Maine potter. All entries must be received by December 10th.


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Green Tip of the Day


Reusable Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving? Skip disposable utensils and show off your special china. Cloth napkins add warmth and cut down on waste. Compost food scraps, and fill your dishwasher to capacity—on average, they use between seven and 15 gallons of heated water per wash. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the… Continue Reading

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Gray Squirrel

Creature Feature: Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Cool fact: Gray squirrels will hide food all over the neighborhood, each time taking note of surrounding landmarks and use spatial memory and smell to recover buried food. This is harvest season, a time to prepare for the long winter ahead. In the city and in the country, gray squirrels are… Continue Reading

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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.