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.

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.

National Security Impacts of Climate Change

Climate change threatens America’s national security as well as communities around the world. Extreme weather, food and water scarcity, and sea-level rise caused by climate change can lead to political instability and even war. The U.S. military, intelligence community, and world nations are taking these threats seriously. Watch videos of our recent forums, featuring Senator Angus King and others.

Middle Schoolers Protecting Maine's Environment

For the third year in a row, NRCM has awarded our “Engaging Maine Middle School Students in the Nature of Maine” grants to middle schools and programs across the state (eight schools received grants this year). Hear from the students and teachers as they work on creative and exciting projects designed to explore, understand, and protect Maine's environment.






A big part of what defines Maine is our rich and abundant wildlife, but our essential safety net for imperiled plants, fish, and wildlife is under attack. Take action today to urge your legislators to oppose dangerous riders in the Farm Bill that undermine Endangered Species Act protections.


Top Stories

18 Months After Its Creation, National Monument in Northern Maine to Get Road Signs

By Susan Sharon Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. It has been 18 months since former President Barack Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine — but there are still no road signs to direct interested visitors where to go or how...

Will a Transmission Line Run Through the Wilds of Maine?

By David Abel, Globe Staff Boston Globe news story THE FORKS, Maine — The broad, endless sky, curving over the vastness of the deep woods. Stillness broken only by the whooshing of white water and the squawks of wildlife. This is what drew Kevin Ross to the North Woods. “It’s...

Beer in Cans: A Greener Way to Go

By Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer Sun Journal news story LEWISTON — From an environmental standpoint, canned beer is better than bottled. “Beer cans are twice as likely as beer bottles to be recycled,” said Luke Livingston, 33, founder and owner of Baxter Brewing in Lewiston. Environmentalists agree that cans are...

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.

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 discount program.

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Celebrate Maine’s Clean Waters in April – Earth Month! NRCM & Aveda salons across the state (and one in Massachusetts, too!) are raising awareness and funds for NRCM’s work for clean water. Please support their efforts! Visit any participating Aveda salons to make your pledge, and consider joining any of their special clean-up events.

View the full list of events. 

Schoodic skiffs at rest, Winter Harbor, by Penny Walls

My Maine This Week: Penny Walls

Puffin on Seal Island

My Maine This Week: Larry Mingledorff


My Maine This Week: Bennett Christiansen

Gooch's Beach at sunrise, Kennebunk

My Maine This Week: Frank Brooks

Fox in Gardiner by Mary Gilbert

My Maine This Week: Mary Gilbert

Bigelow's Frosted Tips

My Maine This Week: Matthew Greenleaf

Kayaking by a seaweed cliff in Georgetown Maine

My Maine This Week: Janet Dugdale

Acadia National Park

My Maine This Week: Mandy Willett

View of Katahdin by Wendy Weiger

My Maine This Week: Wendy Weiger

Green Tip of the Day


Toxic-free Moth Control

Sew dried lavender or cedar chips into cloth bag and place them in closets and drawers. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.    

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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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