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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Orono and Foundation Brewing Release “Earth Day” IPAs to Benefit Clean Water in Maine

Release party at Thirsty Pig on Saturday, April 20 from 11AM-7PM News release April 17, 2019 (Portland, ME) — Two of Maine’s top craft brewers, Foundation Brewing and Orono Brewing, are collaborating on a special release of Earth Day-centered IPAs to benefit clean water efforts in Maine. The beers will...

News and Noteworthy – April 2019

News and Noteworthy April 17, 2019 Once again the controversial CMP corridor project dominated the headlines of this week’s coverage, led largely by the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) decision to give the proposal a permit. Attending the PUC meeting and watching our attorney Sue Ely run the gauntlet of five...

Maine Lawmakers Urge EPA to Drop Rollback of Mercury Pollution Protections

NRCM news release April 16, 2019 (Augusta, ME) – With final action today, the Maine Legislature has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution calling on the President to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to drop its planned rollbacks of mercury pollution protections. EPA has proposed scaling back the Mercury...

Track Bills We’re Working on and Take Action

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.

Protecting Maine’s Environment—An Insider’s View of Progress and Challenges

Join NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim on April 23 in Topsham as he provides an insider’s view on environmental policy being discussed in the Maine State House and describe challenges faced from proposed federal rollbacks of environmental safeguards.

New NRCM Podcast Episode

Great beer needs clean water, and NRCM is collaborating with breweries throughout the state to protect Maine’s waters through education and advocacy. Hear about our newly launched Maine Brewshed Alliance from NRCM's Kristin Jackson and three brewers who are part of the alliance: Christie Mahaffey (Foundation), Abe Furth (Orono Brewing), and Dan Kleban (Maine Beer Company).

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! Read the study that shows that it would do nothing to reduce climate-changing pollution.

CMP transmission line proposal

Clean Water is In Style!

April is Aveda Earth Month, and we’re teaming again with Maine salons to spread the word about the importance of protecting Maine’s clean, beautiful waters. Find out how you can get involved and show your support!

Maine Birding Big Year: Update from the Field

Birders Allison and Jeff Wells share an update on the first few months of their “mindfulness birding” Maine Big Year, including their sightings of some rare or uncommon species.

Reducing Waste One Cup (of Coffee) at a Time

On April 2nd Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland launched an ambitious initiative to drastically reduce waste at their two locations. Find out the results and learn of future plans from Tandem owners, Will and Kathleen Pratt.

Students Explore Maine's Environment

This year, 10 Maine middle schools received grants from NRCM to support their students' work learning about and studying Maine's environment. Hear from the classes about their project ranging from bees to brook trout!

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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 newly designed NRCM t-shirts and mugs, a black or khaki NRCM cap, totes, hand-crafted Passamaquoddy baskets, Atayne active apparel, & 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.

trash along Back Cove

My Maine This Week: Straws by Brian Skillings

My Maine This Week: Jennifer Dillon

My Maine This Week: Jennifer Dillon

Vaughan Woods in Hallowell

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Bar Harbor

My Maine This Week: Larry Mingledorff


My Maine This Week: Michael Walsh

My Maine This Week: Mt. Washington from Norway

My Maine This Week: Dennise Whitley

My Maine This Week Sandy Reynolds

My Maine This Week: Sandy Reynolds

snow moon Steve Cartwright

My Maine This Week: Steve Cartwright

Oak twinkle lights Appleton Darryl Czuchra

My Maine This Week: Darryl Czuchra

Green Tip of the Day

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Sweeten the Pot with Syrup

When cooking, look for recipes in which you can swap in locally made maple syrup instead of using imported cane sugar. 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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