Protecting Maine's Environment

Since 1959

Banner photo: Clearwater Lake, Industry, Maine, by Aaron Rivard

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.

CMP wants to build a 145-mile transmission line though Maine's woods solely to bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, with no significant benefit to Maine people or our climate!  The Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 5 in Lewiston. Save the date and come testify against this corridor, which the majority of Mainers agree is a bad deal for Maine.

CMP transmission line proposal

Support a 100% Clean Economy

From droughts and extreme heat, to flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and sea-level rise, we're feeling the impact of the climate crisis as a result of increased pollution. Climate change is an urgent problem and requires an urgent solution. Contact Maine's Congressional delegates to ask them to support a 100% clean economy.

It's that Time Again: NRCM's Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash

Join us to dip, dash, or both at NRCM's 12th Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash on Tuesday, December 31st in Portland! It's a wildly fun event, complete with screaming mayhem, festive polar bears, and enthusiastic participants all there to support our clean energy & climate program!

NRCM Middle School Grant Applications Due Friday

Since 2015, NRCM has awarded small grants to Maine middle school educators and club leaders for projects that engage students in Maine’s environment and the value of protecting it. Learn more about this program and apply for a grant by Friday, November 22.

Boxy McBoxface needs your help to reform recycling in Maine!

Sign our petition to Maine legislators to urge them to pass an extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging law in 2020. Get involved to help reform recycling today: sign our petition, contact your municipal officials, and learn ways to reduce and reuse materials in your own home.

Reflections On Our Work Together

"There’s so much to say about this past year, and, at long last, most of it is good!" NRCM CEO Lisa Pohlmann reflects on recent victories and looks ahead to challenges and opportunities.

A Second Chance for the Moosehead Lake Region?

Weyerhaeuser recently announced that it wants to terminate the Moosehead Region Concept Plan that it acquired from Plum Creek when the companies merged. Cathy Johnson, NRCM Forests & Wildlife Director, shares thoughts about this news and what might come next.

From Hawk Hunting to Hawk Watching: A Day Celebrating Hawks at “Mt. A” with NRCM Members

NRCM’s bird experts, Allison & Jeff Wells, recount a recent member event at Mt. Agamenticus—and contrast the now-outlawed tradition of hawk shooting with the enjoyment of watching hawk migration at one of Maine’s premier hawk-watching locales.

2019 Conservation Leadership Awards

Each year, the Natural Resources Council of Maine presents our Conservation Leadership Awards to people who are making a difference for Maine's environment. This year's awards ceremony took place at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine in Portland on October 16.

Read about each of this year's award recipients and some of their remarks upon accepting their awards. This year, awards were presented to:

  • Jon Lund of Hallowell (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Liz Caruso of Caratunk
  • SolaRISE coalition of Portland
  • Sandi Howard of Caratunk (2019 People's Choice Award winner)

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — November 2019

November 21,2019 Hits Keep Coming for CMP In another brutal hit to CMP’s reputation and a reflection of how deep the company's inability to deliver for customers is, a new national survey of business satisfaction with utilities ranked CMP dead last in the nation. Maybe if they stopped spending so...

Middle School Grants: Photos & Testimonials

The Natural Resources Council of Maine's middle school grant program has reached more than 3,000 students since it began in 2015. We encourage you to read blog posts by the students and teachers who have received these grants, and also enjoy these photos from various projects over the years. We...

Maine Adds Dozens of New Electric Vehicle Chargers to Growing Network

NRCM news release October 25, 2019 (Augusta, ME) — It just got easier for electric car drivers to travel throughout Maine thanks to two new high-speed charging stations opening today at the West Gardiner Service Plaza. These new “DC fast chargers” can provide hundreds of miles of range in as...

Background photo: Whitecap Mountain by Peter Simmons

Explore Maine

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp discount program.

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Get NRCM Gear, Baskets, & More

Get NRCM t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, a black or khaki NRCM cap, totes, hand-crafted Passamaquoddy baskets, & more.
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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? Download or request a copy of our “Reduce Your Use” brochure for tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits such as grocery shopping, consumer purchases, cutting back on food and other waste such as plastic bags and food containers that take centuries to break down.

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.

A Leaf in the Pile

My Maine This Week: Ava O’Connell

My Maine This Week: Peter Simmons

My Maine This Week: Peter Simmons

Moosehead Lake fall foliage

My Maine This Week: Warren Cooke

Kennebunk Beach sunrise

My Maine This Week: Megan O’Donnell

Blueberry fields in Cherryfield

My Maine This Week: Nina Lusterman

My Maine This Week: Dan Ker

My Maine This Week: Dan Ker

Billings Falls

My Maine This Week: Elizabeth Byrd Wood


My Maine This Week: Tom McLaughlin

My Maine This Week: Pemaquid by Bennett Christiansen

My Maine This Week: Pemaquid by Bennett Christiansen

Person caulking window on Bright Ideas pamphlet

Sustain ME

A feature to help you help the planet.

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. Request a free brochure today!

Creature Feature: Canada Warbler

Did you know that the Canada Warbler is one of the latest arriving of the 26 warbler species that split their lives between Maine and the tropics of Central and South America and the Caribbean? Learn all about this more about this bird and why it is described as "secretive."