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.

Join Us for "National Security Impacts of Climate Change"

Please join us in Portland on Thursday, April 5 for two forums exploring how climate change is disrupting communities around the world and impacting America’s national security. Climate change threatens America’s national security as well as communities around the world. Climate change effects like extreme weather, food and water scarcity, and sea-level rise can lead to political instability and even war. The U.S. military, intelligence community, and nations around the world are taking these threats seriously. The evening forum will feature U.S. Senator Angus King and Lieutenant General Castellaw, USMC (Ret.). Both events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

Top Stories

Electric Bus Demonstration Coming to Portland and Augusta

Mainebiz news story The Natural Resources Council of Maine is putting the word out that the electric bus manufacturer Proterra is bringing a zero-emission electric bus to locations in Portland and Augusta for demonstrations next week. The zero-emissions bus can operate all day on a single charge or by using...

Whistleblower Denounces Trump’s Failure to Tackle Climate Change

by  Steve Collins, Staff Writer Sun Journal news story As the climate policy chief for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Falmouth native Joel Clement had his work cut out for him. For almost seven years, his job required him to come up with ways to deal with fast-changing conditions...

Angus King Challenges Interior Secretary On Offshore Drilling

By Mal Leary Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine questioned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday on a proposal to open most of the coastal areas of the United States to exploratory drilling for gas and oil. King used a...

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 replace him with someone who will stand up for the American people rather than polluters.

Legislative Priorities

We review every bill under consideration at the State House to determine which ones need our support and which we must oppose, based on their potential impact on Maine’s environment. Learn about this year's priorities and how you can be involved to help protect the nature of Maine. Visit and bookmark our Bill Tracking page to read updates, bill language, fact sheets, and testimony on the priority bills that we are following during the 2018 legislative session.

NRCM's Podcast: "Maine's Environment: Hot News Now"

New episode of NRCM's podcast. “Maine’s Environment: Hot News Now” brings you the latest on our high-priority environmental issues, direct from the NRCM staff working on them. Episode 3 features Climate and Clean Energy Project staff Dylan Voorhees and Sophie Janeway updating you with the latest news about the solar bill, which just passed by an overwhelming majority in the Maine Senate,and is now headed to the House. Be sure to tune in!

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.

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Reduce What You Own

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Creature Feature

Common Eider by Jeff Wells

Creature Feature: Common Eider

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) Cool Fact: Female eiders often combine their chicks together into larger nursery groups called “crèches” and collectively watch over them. As noted in a recent blog post, 2018 has been designated The Year of the Bird in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the enactment of the historic Migratory Bird Treaty… Continue Reading

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