Protecting Maine's Environment

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Setting the Record Straight on Clean Cars in Maine

Tribal Sovereignty: A Step Toward Environmental Justice

Broad Statewide Support for Maine Trails Bond

We did it! Together, we stopped Wolfden Resources’ proposal for a polluting mine in the Katahdin region.

This win helps to protect the future of our clean water, habitat for brook trout and Atlantic salmon, supports the outdoor recreation economy, and helps us build the future we want for Maine.

We are honored to stand alongside the Penobscot Nation, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Conservation Law Foundation, Maine Audubon, Earthjustice, local businesses and conservation groups, and more than a thousand Mainers who took action. This victory belongs to us all, thank you!

Stay Informed & Involved During the Legislative Session

The 2024 session of the Maine Legislature is in full swing, and legislators will need to hear from you on some important bills to curb the use of polluting gas, encourage reusable containers, invest in Maine's trails, and return tribal sovereignty for the Wabanaki people. Use the buttons below to read more, watch our webinar, and sign up to join us on March 5th in Augusta for NRCM's annual State House Action Day. 

News from NRCM

Maine Announces Preferred Site for Offshore Wind Port

 Augusta, ME – The Mills Administration today took a critical and necessary step forward in the development of a new port facility to support the growth of offshore wind along Maine’s coast.  In a recommendation that was developed after significant stakeholder engagement, environmental and economic analysis, and careful consideration, Maine is recommending to the federal government Read More

Pickett Mountain Mining Proposal Rejected

Decision comes after overwhelming opposition from Wabanaki Tribes, local businesses, and conservation groups Penobscot Nation | Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians | Natural Resources Council of Maine | Conservation Law Foundation | Maine Audubon | Earthjustice News release February 14, 2024 (Brewer, ME) The Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) has firmly rejected a mining proposal Read More

Bill Seeks to Reduce Ratepayer Costs and Health Risks Associated with Natural Gas

Office of the Public Advocate | CLF Maine | Natural Resources Council of Maine |  Sierra Club Maine  Maine’s Public Advocate and Clean Energy Groups Partnering to Tackle the Problem  A bill being considered by the Maine Legislature this year seeks to address the looming customer risks associated with utility gas infrastructure expansion, as well as Read More

Critter Chatter — Is It Spring Yet?

Making Room for Everyone in Conservation

Birding with Jeff & Allison: Fifteen Years of Owl Hope Pays Off

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.

Explore Maine

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map. New LMF sites and accessible trails are being added all the time!
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp & Outdoor Recreation Discount Program.

Shop for NRCM T-shirts, Caps, Totes, & More

Get one of our NRCM logo beanies before they're gone! Also purchase NRCM made-in-the-USA caps, t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, totes, & more, all in support of our work to protect the nature of Maine.
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Attend an Event

Find out about events & webinars NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Purple Finch standing on snow in snowstorm

My Maine This Week: Backyard Visitors by Jayne Winters

View of mountain over trees and under bright blue sky

My Maine This Week: Bluebird Skies by Linda Woods

Northern Cardinal male sitting in tree

My Maine This Week: Northern Cardinal by David Silva

Black-capped Chickadee

The chickadee was chosen as the Maine State Bird in 1927. It pairs well with the Maine State Tree, the white pine, on which it may often be found. (The Black-capped Chickadee is also the state bird of Massachusetts and the provincial bird of New Brunswick.)  Learn more, including a really interesting "Cool Fact" about the Black-capped Chickadee in this new Creature Feature.

Banner photo: Katahdin across Daicey Pond, Baxter State Park, by NRCM member Walter Mugdan