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.

The Brookie Awards

2022 Brookie Award Winners Announced

  • Noela Altvater of the Passamaquoddy Reservation at Sipayik
  • Kiara Frischkorn of Biddeford
  • Lucas Healy of Castine
  • Kosis Ifeji of Bangor
  • Greg LeClair of Waterville
  • Anna Siegel of Yarmouth 

Listen to Latest Podcast Episode

In this episode, youth clean water activist and 2022 Brookie Award winner Noela Altvater speaks about her advocacy to ensure clean drinking water for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik. Learn more about this year’s six Brookies at Also, Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim reports back from a staff field trip to the Benton Falls fish lift and talks about the amazing story of alewives returning to China Lake for the first time in more than two centuries.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Clean Water Act

50 years ago, the magnitude of pollution in the Androscoggin and other Maine rivers reached a tipping point, helping galvanize passage of the Clean Water Act. NRCM and partners across Maine have launched a statewide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act to acknowledge how much has been accomplished while committing to further progress. We will also honor 50 Clean Water Champions. If you know someone who has contributed to Maine’s clean water legacy, nominate them today!

Federal Funding Creates Opportunities for Maine

The third blog post in our series about federal climate and infrastructure funding focuses on opportunities this funding provides for Maine's communities, economy, and environment. NRCM is encouraging Maine’s Congressional delegation to take a leadership role in advocating for Mainers by bringing much-needed funding to the state by pushing for federal climate investments.

News from NRCM

Six Young Leaders Honored for Contributions to Maine’s Environmental Movement

News release Six young changemakers from across Maine are being honored with the latest round of Brookie Awards for their leadership and effectiveness tackling a wide range of environmental issues. The diverse group of “Brookies” include college and high school student activists and scientists, ranging from ages 16 to 26....

News & Noteworthy — May 2022

Read some highlights from May 2022 news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. May 24, 2022 We will start this week's News & Noteworthy with some cool news from...

Maine-made Offshore Wind Would Power Economy with Clean Energy

News release Maine Audubon | Maine Conservation Voters | Natural Resources Council of Maine  May 18, 2022 (Portland, ME) – Labor, business leaders, and conservationists today urged the state and federal governments to act quickly and responsibly to bring innovative, locally developed floating offshore wind technology to the Gulf of...

Avian Flu and Maine Birds

In this month's "Birding with Jeff and Allison" blog, our bird experts Allison and Jeff Wells answer a lot of questions about the avian flu that we have been hearing about in the news lately. Find out what it is, which birds are at risk, and what you can do to help.

Why Maine’s New Grid Planning Law is Good for Climate and Clean Energy

Find out how Maine's new electric grid planning law will support the clean energy transition in the latest blog from NRCM Climate & Clean Energy Director Jack Shapiro.

Exploring Maine’s Beaches in the Offseason

NRCM's Josh Caldwell shares a recent trip he and his partner took to Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area in Phippsburg, and what climate change could mean for the future of Maine's beaches and wildlife.

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 & Guide Service discount program.

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Find out about events & webinars NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Get one of our new NRCM logo beanies before they're gone! Also purchase NRCM t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, NRCM caps, totes, & more, all in support of our work to protect the nature of Maine.
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Nesowadehunk Falls

My Maine This Week: David Preston

rocks and driftwood in Bar Harbor

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters

Summer Tanager by Kelly Magalis

My Maine This Week: Kelly Magalis

Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area

My Maine This Week: Kelly Magalis

Painted Trillium

My Maine This Week: David Small

Androscoggin Lake

My Maine This Week: Leslie Burhoe

camping family

My Maine This Week: Glen Widmer

skunk cabbage

My Maine This Week: Peter Simmons

Lobster Lake with sun and clouds

My Maine This Week: John Neal

Reduce Your Use brochure

Sustain ME

A feature to help you help the planet.

Reduce Your Use: Tips for Reducing Your Footprint on the Environment

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? This brochure includes tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits. Request a free brochure today!

Creature Feature: Quebec Emerald Dragonfly

Do you know where you can go in Maine to try to see a Quebec emerald dragonfly? It can be found in Number Five Bog because this wetland is a protected place. In 2000, Number Five Bog became part of a statewide system of ecological reserves created by the Maine Legislature to conserve the state’s diversity of plants and animals, and examples of all the habitat types found in Maine. Learn more about the Quebec emerald in this new Creature Feature by Catherine Schmitt.

Featured: Clean Housekeeping—Toxic-free solutions for your home, yard, & garden

Find out how to clean, control pests, and dispose of household cleaning products in a way that's healthy for your family and the environment! NRCM's Clean and Healthy Housekeeping brochure features dozens of easy "recipes" to clean drains, control ants and insects, polish your shoes, and more-the non-toxic way.

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.

Banner photo: Jordan Pond Bubbles, Acadia National Park, by Gerard Monteux