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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Following Advocacy from Senators Collins and King, Senate Votes to Permanently Reauthorize LWCF

LWCF has conserved land and created outdoor recreation opportunities across the country. News release from Senators Collins and King Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate approved a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as part of a public lands legislative package. The legislation passed by...

LUPC Proposal Faces Overwhelming Opposition from Maine People

95% of written comments raised major concerns NRCM News Release Augusta — A sweeping proposal by the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) that would open up 1.3 million acres of Maine’s North Woods for development and divert investments from existing communities has received overwhelming opposition from people across Maine, according to...

“Who Wants to Swim in a Cesspool?”

State lawmakers are likely to approve a measure to require the inspection of lakefront septic systems whenever a property changes hands, a regulation already in place for seaside properties. by Steve Collins Sun Journal news story AUGUSTA — In a bid to preserve water quality in Maine, there is a...

Take Action on Bills Impacting Maine's Environment

NRCM is following more than 200 bills that could affect Maine's environment this session. Bookmark and visit our Legislative Bill Tracking page to learn more about these pieces of legislation, read NRCM testimony, view latest action, and find out how you can get involved to protect the nature of Maine.

NRCM is Turning 60!

Our 60th anniversary is a great reminder that we must ensure strong environmental protections for those who will come after us. Hear from members about how their environmental priorities were encouraged by earlier generations and how they are passing these on to the next generation. Also, find out about upcoming events and how you can get involved.

New NRCM Podcast Episode

Have you ever wondered what actually goes on at the State House? NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim has more than two decades of experience working at the Capitol to advocate for policies to protect Maine’s environment. In this episode, our host, Carly Peruccio, joins Pete for a visit to the State House as he deconstructs how the legislative process works and how citizens can shape state policies.

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Let's Bird Hard for the Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 15-18) is a fun way to provide data to researchers studying changes in bird populations, and given all of the threats to birds and their habitats these days, there’s no better time to get active.

Meet Michaela, NRCM's School Intern

A junior at Bates College, Michaela Bowen says, "Working for NRCM gives me the ability to contribute to the incredible efforts being made to protect our irreplaceable environment and toward a cause that I have always been passionate about."

Maine Environmental Issues in 2019

NRCM Senior Director of Advocacy Pete Didisheim writes about the environmental issues that will be priorities for the Natural Resources Council of Maine and other environmental groups during the 2019 legislative session, and shares ways in which you can get involved.

Winter is almost here, and now is a great time to find ways to improve your home's energy efficiency. Let NRCM help! Our brochure, "Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings," is full of tips and ideas to help you save energy and save money on your home heating costs. Download or request your copy 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.

Deering Oaks Jared Swartz

My Maine This Week: Jared Swartz

Popham Beach by Steve Berger

My Maine This Week: Steve Berger

Industry, Maine, Reflection over Clearwater Lake

My Maine This Week: Aaron Rivard

Hampshire Hill, New Sharon, by Sam Horine

My Maine This Week: Sam Horine

Portland's Back Cove from Baxter Boulevard. Dave Maher photo

My Maine This Week: Dave Maher

Great Head Trail, ANP, Michael Walsh

My Maine This Week: Michael Walsh

Thomas Pond, Casco, by Karen Gannon

My Maine This Week: Karen Gannon

cardinal in Old Town, Pam Wells

My Maine This Week: Pam Wells

Harpswell by Cheryl Golek

My Maine This Week: Cheryl Golek

Green Tip of the Day

Green Ice

To avoid falls in your icy driveway, sprinkle unscented cat litter, sand, or wood ash instead of salt or chemical de-icers, which can be harmful to nearby trees, animals, and water bodies. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.    

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Creature Feature

Hal Winters Red fox in South China

Creature Feature: Red Fox

Did you know that the red fox is the most widely distributed carnivore in the world and one of the most common animals in the Northern Hemisphere?

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