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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Statement of the Natural Resources Council of Maine Regarding Secretary Zinke’s recommendations for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Statement by Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine "We have reviewed the leaked memorandum to the President from Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, but the implications of the report for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument remain unclear. Without more details, we cannot yet judge whether these...

Bath to Present Plastic Bag Ban

by Nathan Strout Times Record news story After months of work, the Bath Solid Waste Advisory Committee is preparing to present an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers, while also putting fees on paper bags. “The Solid Waste Advisory Committee has been meeting since last January or February,...

New Law Bans Lead Fishing Tackle to Protect Loons

By The Associated Press Bangor Daily News news story A new Maine law bans lead fishing tackle in hopes of protecting loons. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says keeping lead fishing weights out of Maine waters will better the birds’ survival and spur population growth across the Northeast....

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 individuals who have made significant lasting contributions to safeguarding Maine’s environment. Please join us Thursday, October 19, for our 2017 Conservation Leadership Awards. 

NEW REPORT! Features business and civic leaders from the Katahdin region describing how Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is providing positive benefits to their communities. Download or order your copy.

Help us “put the focus” on Maine’s environment by celebrating 30 years of the Land for Maine’s Future program. Now through October 2, visit your favorite Land for Maine’s Future site – or visit a new one! – take a photo (or photos), and send them to us. You could win a gift card to LL Bean, a local restaurant, or other prize.

Defend Clean Car Standards

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is re-opening the review of clean car standards to get a chance at slashing fuel efficiency standards and slamming the brakes on clean car progress. We need to tell the EPA that Mainers support clean car standards because they protect our public health and our environment while saving consumers money. Tell the EPA that you want cleaner car standards.

Anthony Bourdain's "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" Documentary

Join NRCM and friends in Portland on Monday, October 16th at 4:00 p.m. to be among the first to see Anthony Bourdain’s new film, “Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.” This is a free event, but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat today.  Light refreshments will include food gleaned from local Maine farms!

Passamaquoddy herring scale basket

NRCM is partnering with Save Passamaquoddy Bay to sell handmade Passamaquoddy baskets.

You can own a piece of Down East history and help Save Passamaquoddy Bay by ordering one today. We are selling the baskets for $200 each, with an additional $11 for tax and $25 for shipping and handling. A portion stays with NRCM to fund our work protecting Maine’s environment, but the majority of each sale supports Save Passamaquoddy Bay’s work. This is a rare opportunity to support two groups, own a piece of Native American history, and be part of saving glorious and abundant Passamaquoddy Bay.

Learn the fascinating story behind these baskets and how they are being used to protect Maine's environment.

Order your basket today!

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September Sky

September 22nd is the autumn equinox. Get up early and watch the sun rise due east, or head out late and watch the sun set due west. 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.