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.



Have you heard about Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile high voltage transmission line from the Quebec-Maine border, through western Maine to Lewiston? CMP is proposing to build a transmission line though Maine's woods solely to bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, with no significant benefit to Maine people and no benefit to our climate!

Add your name in opposition to CMP's proposal.

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CMP, Hydro-Quebec Sign 20-year Power Contract with Massachusetts Utilities

by Staff Mainebiz news story Hydro-Quebec and Central Maine Power Co. announced Thursday they had signed an agreement with Massachusetts electric distribution companies to bring hydropower from Quebec to the Bay State via a 145-mile transmission line through Maine. The conclusion of contract negotiations with the electric distribution companies represents...

Land Development Proposal Raises Concerns for Northern Maine Residents

by Melissa Lizotte The County news story   MARS HILL, Maine — Several individuals expressed concerns about a new proposal that could lead to more commercial development in unorganized territories of Aroostook and the state during a public informational meeting held at the Bigrock Ski Lodge on June 14. The...

CMP Has Not Demonstrated Climate Benefits for Transmission Project

So-Called New England Clean Energy Connect Not New Clean Energy NRCM news release Today, Massachusetts utilities announced agreement on a contract with Central Maine Power (CMP) for its proposed transmission project with Hydro-Quebec. The contract is subject to review and approval by the MA Dept. of Public Utilities and the...

Remove Scott Pruitt from the EPA

EPA Administrator Pruitt is unfit to lead the federal agency that protects our public health, environment, and economy. During his time in office, Pruitt has worked to silence scientists and derail dozens of environmental safeguards that protect our clean air, clean water, public lands, and climate. We need to replace him with someone who will stand up for the American people rather than polluters. Read our news release.

Fur, Feathers, and Other Bird Nest Treasures

Birders Jeff and Allison Wells have found a “higher purpose” in grooming their kitties: setting out the fluffy fur for birds to use in building their nests! NRCM joins the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and others to celebrate the #YearOfTheBird.

Square Lake Thoroughfare by Ann Flewelling

Help Protect Fish River Lakes from Irving Development

Canadian conglomerate J.D. Irving Ltd. has filed a proposal to rezone more than 51,000 acres of land in northern Maine, near the Fish River Lakes. Irving’s concept plan, the second largest rezoning application in Maine's history, will set a precedent for future rezoning projects in the North Woods, and NRCM is intervening in this process to examine the facts and raise our concerns. Learn how you can get involved to help protect this special place.

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.

Get your copy of our newest publication, "Reduce Your Use" for tips to reduce your impact on the environment (and your wallet) by making simple changes to your daily habits.

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Spotted Sandpiper chick near the Penobscot River in Old Town, Maine

My Maine This Week: David Small

Marshall Point Lighthouse by Don Drake

My Maine This Week: Don Drake

Loons on Brettun's Pond in Livermore. Photo by Ted Anderson

My Maine This Week: Ted Anderson

Gay wings plant by Linda Woods

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Spring peeper by David Preston

My Maine This Week: David Preston

Spring sunset at Pine Point Fisherman's Co-op in Scarborough

My Maine This Week: Colleen Mars

Great Egret by Earl Wilcher

My Maine This Week: Earl Wilcher

Sand Beach at night by Gerard Monteux

My Maine This Week: Gerard Monteux

Schoodic skiffs at rest, Winter Harbor, by Penny Walls

My Maine This Week: Penny Walls

Green Tip of the Day


Say No to Polystrene Foam

Polystyrene is a petroleum-based substance commonly known as styrofoam. It can’t be recycled so avoid it when possible—keep a toxic-free travel mug in your car for take-out beverages and bring your own reusable “doggy bag” container for your restaurant leftovers. Find out how to help your town ban foam food containers. To view more tips,… Continue Reading

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Creature Feature

Raccoon, photo by Jayne Winters

Creature Feature: Raccoon

The only place raccoons don’t live is in the dense spruces and firs of the northern boreal forest, and the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

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