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.

Zoom in: The Basics of Driving Electric in Maine

Wednesday, September 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join NRCM & our partners to learn the basics of driving electric in Maine. After a panel discussion about EV models, charging, maintenance, & rebates, we'll split into breakout rooms to talk directly with Mainers who own & drive EVs to get your questions answered!

Still Time to Place Your Auction Bids!

Thanks to generous NRCM members & caring Maine businesses, we have incredible auction items available for bid through September 30, including: sea kayaks; hand-made Native American Pack Basket; L.L. Bean gift certificate; private watercolor instruction session; original artwork; & more! All funds support NRCM's work.

Why You Should Care about Landfills

In her latest blog post, NRCM Sustainable Maine Director Sarah Nichols writes about issues related to Maine's landfills (primarily the Juniper Ridge landfill in Old Town), including environmental justice, climate impacts, out-of-state waste, and the sheer volume of solid waste.

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — September 2020

Read the latest news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine's air, land, water, and wildlife, in this month's News & Noteworthy. September 23, 2020 If you missed our webinar with U.S. Senator Angus King to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unanimous Senate vote to pass...

On 50th Anniversary of Unanimous Clean Air Vote, A Call for Bipartisan Climate Action

NRCM news release  Augusta, ME (September 22, 2020) — On the 50th anniversary of a unanimous 1970 U.S. Senate vote to pass the Clean Air Act, Maine Independent Senator Angus King today joined clean air, public health, and climate experts at an event co-hosted by the Natural Resources Council of...

Mainers Call for Greater Protections at State-owned Landfills

News release  (September 16, 2020) — A group of Maine residents and the Penobscot Nation will call on the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) at their September 17th meeting to support a citizen's petition that will ban out-of-state waste from being disposed in State-owned landfills and enact greater environmental justice...

Background photo: Eagle Lake, Allagash region by David Preston

COVID-19 & Green Schools

NRCM has two new resources, including a tip sheet for how to create a zero waste lunchbox, and ways to protect the environment, save your school money, and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please download these resources and share with family, friends, and your local schools.

Climate Action Needs Bipartisan Spirit of Original Clean Air Act

NRCM Federal Director Emmie Theberge shares the important benefits to Maine's and the nation's public health & clean air thanks to Senator Muskie's Clean Air Act, which passed unanimously through the U.S. Senate 50 years ago this week. We need that same spirit of bipartisanship now for action on climate change.

Zoom In: Keeping the Androscoggin Healthy

Join NRCM CEO Lisa Pohlmann on Thursday, October 1st at 6:00 p.m. for a Zoom webinar to learn about the history of pollution and cleanup of the Androscoggin River. NRCM is proud to partner with Museum L-A on this event to celebrate its new exhibit, "Our Working Waterway." Advance registration is required.

This year, our Legislative Report Card looks a little different. The Maine Legislature left Augusta in mid-March due to COVID-19, so many bills didn't receive hearings or votes.

In this special report, NRCM staff provide short essays describing how we continue to press forward with NRCM's work to protect Maine's environment and address the threat of climate change using new approaches and tools for staying connected with members, supporters, and the public.

Seal River Watershed: The Maine-Canadian Connection

In their most recent blog, NRCM’s bird experts share findings from a Ducks Unlimited Canada report showing the importance of Canada birds to Maine and puts a spotlight on the work of five Indigenous governments in Canada to establish new protected areas to benefit Canada’s birds & the nature of Maine.

Critter Chatter — Critter Release

Jayne Winters shares a post by the late Carleen Cote about what is involved in releasing Maine wildlife, like raccoons, back into the wild after they are rehabilitated. This post is as relevant today as when it was written 15 years ago. Learn more about the work of Donald Cote & his late wife to rescue and protect Maine's critters.

Mining Threat Near Baxter & National Monument

NRCM Staff Scientist Nick Bennett shares his concerns about the latest mining threat to Maine from Wolfden Resources, a company proposing to rezone its land for a metal mine on Pickett Mountain in the North Woods. Learn how you can get involved.

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 & Guide Service discount program.

Attend an Event

Find out about events & webinars NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Get NRCM T-shirts, Caps, Totes, & More

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

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.

Storm from Square Lake in Aroostook County

My Maine This Week: Ann Flewelling

Portland waterfront

My Maine This Week: Evan Wells

Mt Katahdin

My Maine This Week: David Preston


My Maine This Week: Leda Beth Gray


My Maine This Week: Atlantic Puffins by Larry Mingledorff

bee collecting pollen

My Maine This Week: Alexandria Brann

Cutler Coast

My Maine This Week: Zack Porter

Mallard in flight

My Maine This Week: David Small

deer on Kennebec River bank

My Maine This Week: Sam Horine

Person caulking window on Bright Ideas pamphlet

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: Snapping Turtle

Did you know that the shell of a snapping turtle is full of nerve endings and sensitive to scratches? Learn more interesting facts about this Maine animal in our latest Creature Feature.


Banner photo: Wassataquoik Lake by Lauren Mier