Protecting Maine's Environment

Since 1959

Banner photo: Clearwater Lake, Industry, Maine, by Aaron Rivard

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.

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. Learn more about this bad idea for Maine people & environment.

If you were unable to attend the Army Corps' hearing on the CMP corridor, don't worry — there is still time to make your voice heard. The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comments on the proposed transmission line until January 6. Use the link below to submit your comments today!

CMP transmission line proposal

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — December 2019

December 11, 2019 Hundreds Pack Army Corps Hearing The US Army Corps of Engineers held what could be the last public meeting on the trouble CMP corridor proposal, and boy did Mainers show up!  Nearly 300 packed the room, the vast majority of whom were opposed to this disastrous project....

Mainers Call for Fairness in Army Corps Review of CMP Corridor

NRCM news release December, 5 2019 (Lewiston, ME) — People from across Maine gathered in Lewiston to express their growing concern over the proposed Central Maine Power (CMP) corridor through Western Maine and call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a rigorous environmental review for the controversial...

News & Noteworthy — November 2019

November 27, 2019 Gov Mills Steps Up State Climate Action At a ribbon cutting ceremony for new solar panels at the Blaine House, Governor Mills announced that state agencies will step up their efforts to combat climate change and WGME took a look at the bright future for solar in...

Background photo: Whitecap Mountain by Peter Simmons

What I Learn by Watching Middle Schoolers Learn about the Nature of Maine

Former NRCM board member & retired teacher Kathy Remmel shares some of her experiences as she has visited students involved in NRCM's Middle School grants program.

A Second Chance for the Moosehead Lake Region?

Weyerhaeuser recently announced that it wants to terminate the Moosehead Region Concept Plan that it acquired from Plum Creek when the companies merged. Cathy Johnson, NRCM Forests & Wildlife Director, shares thoughts about this news and what might come next.

Insider Secrets of Some of Maine's Favorite Birds

Birds drop clues into the mysteries of their lives as they go about their daily business. In their most recent post, “Insider Secrets of Some of Maine’s Favorite Birds,” NRCM’s bird experts share some fun, fascinating info.

Be Bold in the Cold and join us in Portland on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, for our annual 5K around Back Cove and icy dip into Casco Bay! All funds raised support our climate work. Sign up today!

2019 Conservation Leadership Awards

Learn about the remarkable accomplishments of each of this year's NRCM Conservation Leadership Award recipients: Jon Lund, Liz Caruso, SolaRise coalition members, & Sandi Howard. They are all making a real impact to protect Maine's environment.

Holiday Gifts & Tips for Maine's Environment

Let us help you with some holiday gift ideas that everyone on your list will love. We also have some great tips to help reduce your impact on Maine's environment. If you have tips or ideas of your own, please share them with us at

Support Recycling Reform for Maine

Sign our petition to Maine legislators to urge them to pass an extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging law in 2020. Get involved to help reform recycling today: sign our petition, contact your municipal officials, and learn ways to reduce and reuse materials in your own home.

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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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Find out about events NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Get NRCM Gear, Baskets, & More

Get NRCM t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, a black or khaki NRCM cap, totes, hand-crafted Passamaquoddy baskets, & more.
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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! 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.

chickadee in South China, Maine

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters

Pine Point Beach

My Maine This Week: Steve Cartwright

Sweden, Maine fall foliage

My Maine This Week: Ted Anderson

A Leaf in the Pile

My Maine This Week: Ava O’Connell

My Maine This Week: Peter Simmons

My Maine This Week: Peter Simmons

Moosehead Lake fall foliage

My Maine This Week: Warren Cooke

Kennebunk Beach sunrise

My Maine This Week: Megan O’Donnell

Blueberry fields in Cherryfield

My Maine This Week: Nina Lusterman

My Maine This Week: Dan Ker

My Maine This Week: Dan Ker

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Sustain ME

A feature to help you help the planet.

Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings

Taking steps to improve energy efficiency in your everyday life can save you money, reduce pollution, add to your comfort, and improve your sense of well-being. Around the house, on the road, and in your community, following these tips can help you become more energy efficient. Request a free brochure today!

Creature Feature: Canada Warbler

Did you know that the Canada Warbler is one of the latest arriving of the 26 warbler species that split their lives between Maine and the tropics of Central and South America and the Caribbean? Learn all about this more about this bird and why it is described as "secretive."