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.

Make a Gift to Protect the Nature of Maine This year give the gift of a cleaner, greener environment to future generations with your tax-deductible donation. All year long, we are extraordinarily grateful for the 20,000 members and supporters who partner with us to protect the nature of Maine. Your generosity and thoughtfulness makes such a difference to the air we breathe, the water we drink, the forests that are our solace, and the wildlife that we hold dear. Thank you!

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Maine Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Solar Incentives Battle

by Fred Bever Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court is weighing the future of incentives for residential solar power. The court heard arguments Wednesday in a challenge to state regulators’ efforts to reduce and eventually phase out those incentives. The case for maintaining...

Public Utilities Commission Hears from Public on Proposed Solar Rule Change

By Brandon Doyen WABI news story HALLOWELL, Maine (WABI) - The Public Utilities Commission heard from the public in Hallowell on Tuesday on a rule the PUC proposed that would double the cost to connect solar installations to the grid. Members from the Natural Resources Council of Maine as well...

Federal Judge Again Denies South Portland’s Plea to Dismiss Pipeline Company’s Lawsuit

The judge may rule next on the merits of Portland Pipe Line's challenge to the city's Clear Skies ordinance, which blocks the flow of Canadian crude oil to South Portland. by Kelley Bouchard, staff writer Portland Press Herald news story Judge John Woodcock Jr. opened his written order issued Tuesday...

Join us for our 10th annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash in Portland on Sunday, December 31st.

Have you always wanted to do something fun and exciting to end the year and kick off the year ahead? Then this event is for you! Join us for a 5K walk or run around Back Cove and/or a plunge into icy, cold Casco Bay. 

If you have ever participated in our Dip & Dash, please join us on the beach for a "reunion photo." Register today at

All money raised supports our work toward a clean energy future for Maine.

Tell Senator Collins: No Drilling in the Arctic

Senator Collins voted for a tax bill that contains a provision to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to help pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. If enacted, the ANWR provision would reverse decades of protection for one of the world’s most majestic landscapes. Contact Senator Collins to voice your disappointment for her vote. There is still time to urge her to work to protect ANWR.

Holiday Gift Ideas and Green Tips

This holiday season, give gifts that help protect the nature of Maine! Here are a few suggestions, as well as some green holiday tips to help you plan a holiday celebration while also protecting the nature of Maine.

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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Greener Gift-Giving

Buy local gifts as a way to support the economy where you live, and to reduce your carbon footprint. Want some green gift ideas? Read this blog post by NRCM’s Allison Wells. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.    

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Creature Feature: Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Cool fact: Gray squirrels will hide food all over the neighborhood, each time taking note of surrounding landmarks and use spatial memory and smell to recover buried food. This is harvest season, a time to prepare for the long winter ahead. In the city and in the country, gray squirrels are… Continue Reading

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