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.

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.

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.

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.

Top Stories

The Return of Alewives to This Bangor-area Stream is an Epic Success Story

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story BRADLEY, Maine — The old saying about migrating fish holds that during the peak of a run, it’d be possible to walk from stream bank to stream bank on the backs of the fish, and never get your feet wet....

Farmington Rethinks Endorsement of Quebec to Massachusetts Power Line

In a letter, Gov. Paul LePage said four lawmakers who wrote to Massachusetts expressing their opposition to the New England Clean Energy Connect project "may now have to deal with reprimands." by Rachel Ohm, Staff Writer Central Maine newspaper news story FARMINGTON — Town officials are rethinking their endorsement of...

Public Hearing Participants Overwhelmingly Oppose Irving Rezoning Proposal

by Christopher Bouchard The County news story CARIBOU, Maine — All but one of 15 County residents who gave testimony on May 22 voiced their opposition to J.D. Irving Ltd.’s proposal to rezone 51,000 acres of land within the Fish River chain of lakes during a public hearing hosted by...

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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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

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

Green Tip of the Day

hummingbird at feeder

Hang a Hummingbird Feeder

Attract Maine’s tiniest bird, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, by purchasing a feeder at your local hardware store or garden shop. Wash it with warm soapy water and rinse it well, then fill with a combo of one part sugar and four parts boiling water (red food dye unnecessary). Let cool before filling feeder. Refrigerate extra nectar… 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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