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 Zoom In: Vote Yes on 1 to Stop the CMP Corridor, October 21, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Hear compelling first-person stories directly from Mainers across the state about why they are voting Yes on Question 1 to stop the CMP corridor. Our five presenters bring a broad range of perspectives and include a Tribal member, youth climate activist, long-time environmental leader, fisheries expert, and registered Maine Guide and local elected official who lives near the CMP corridor.

Question 1 on the November 2nd ballot is designed to stop the Central Maine Power (CMP) corridor because it would damage Maine's environment with no benefits for the climate. Newspaper columnist Bill Nemitz has called CMP’s scare tactics about Question 1 “political hokum of the highest order.”

Voting YES on Question 1 to stop the CMP corridor is the best option that Maine voters have to make their voices heard.

Listen to Latest Podcast Episode

As Election Day inches closer and closer, Colin and Pete discuss one of the top issues on the ballot: Question 1, the citizen’s initiative to stop the CMP corridor. We explore some of the key issues voters should keep in mind and why voting YES on Question 1 is the right approach for stopping the CMP corridor. Pete also highlights a major victory for Maine’s environment that came when a company withdrew its application for a polluting mine in the shadow of Katahdin.

Wolfden Resources Withdraws Petition for Mine Near Katahdin

On October 13, 2021, Wolfden Resources withdrew its application for a polluting mine near Baxter State Park and next to outstanding fish habitat. This is a huge collective victory for Maine’s environment made possible because Maine’s Tribes, sporting camp owners, and more than 700 Mainers spoke out against this proposal.

Join Us for NRCM's Conservation Leadership Awards

Each year NRCM recognizes several people who have made significant, lasting contributions to safeguarding Maine's environment. This year, the event will again be virtual, and we will recognize a lifelong and inspiring advocate for Maine's natural resources, a university professor who is also one of Maine's top climate scientists, a business owner whose goal it is to live plastic-free and help others to do the same, and an energy efficiency and renewable energy advocate. Join us on Tuesday, October 26 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. RSVP using the button below so you can receive the Zoom link to join us.

Add Your Voice: Support a Free-Flowing Kennebec River

Mainers have played a vital role in bringing life back to our rivers because clean water is so central to Maine’s economy and way of life. Removing four obsolete dams on the Kennebec River is an urgent next step that will improve the health of the Gulf of Maine, enhance riverfront communities, and bring back millions of sea-run fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon. Add your voice in support!

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — October 2021

We'd like to share some highlights from this month's news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this month’s News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. October 21, 2021 Have you picked up the October issue of Down East...

Groups Seek Injunction to Stop Brookfield Operations at Four Lower Kennebec Dams

Atlantic Salmon Federation | Conservation Law Foundation | Maine Rivers | Natural Resources Council of Maine  News release  October 21, 2021 (Augusta, ME) – Conservation groups today asked a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction to immediately stop or curtail operations at four dams on the lower Kennebec River to...

Maine DEP Hearing Considers Suspension of CMP Corridor Permit

NRCM news release  Augusta, ME (October 19, 2021) – In an unprecedented development that could result in termination of the Central Maine Power (CMP) corridor project, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is holding a hearing today to consider suspending the permit for the controversial transmission line. That permit was thrown into doubt after an August 10, 2021, decision (view PDF) by a State Superior...

Background photo: Aerial view of Pleasant Lake and Pickett Mountain by J. Monkman/NRCM

A Conversation with 2021 Allagash Visiting Artist Martha Kotter

NRCM Forests & Wildlife Director Melanie Sturm spoke with artist Martha (Marty) Kotter who recently spent time at Chamberlain Lake as the 2021 Visiting Artist for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Read their interview and see some of Marty's incredible artwork, inspired by the Allagash.

Rewilding Our Homes in Maine

"The best hidden outdoor nooks, secret gems, volunteer opportunities, and pristine hiking trails that I’ve discovered have come through a combination of unflagging curiosity and generously offered insider tips," writes NRCM's Josh Caldwell in his latest Maine Adventures with Josh blog. So, when two separate Mainers independently approached him about Wild Seed Project, he knew he had to check it out!

Why Do Forests Matter for Birds?

We know you know that forests are incredibly important for birds. But do you know just how important forests are and why they are so good for our feathered songsters? NRCM's bird experts Allison and Jeff Wells do, and they tell you more in this month's Birding with Jeff & Allison blog.

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Featured: Reduce Your Use: Tips for Reducing Your Footprint on the Environment

Do you know how much food the average Maine family wastes each year? Want to learn how to reduce your food waste, plastic bag and foam food container use? Our “Reduce Your Use” brochure includes tips for lessening your impact on the environment while saving money, including simple changes to your daily habits such as grocery shopping, consumer purchases, and cutting back on food and other waste such as plastic bags that take centuries to break down.

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.

Barren Mountain by Michelle Moody

My Maine This Week: Michelle Moody

sunrise over Flagstaff Lake

My Maine This Week: Sam Horine

Penobscot River island

My Maine This Week: Betsey Foster

Monhegan Island view

My Maine This Week: Evan Wells

Megunticook Lake

My Maine This Week: Larry Mingledorff

Moosehead Lake canoeist

My Maine This Week: William Aubrey


My Maine This Week: David Preston

butterfly on flower

My Maine This Week: Terry Sprague

Kennebec River

My Maine This Week: Richard Flanagan

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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!

Piping Plover by David Small

Creature Feature: Piping Plover

Did you know that a Piping Plover parent will attempt to lure a potential predator away from its nest by feigning a broken wing? This endangered species nests at Maine beaches. Learn more about conservation efforts for Piping Plovers in our latest Creature Feature written by NRCM member Kristen Lindquist.


Banner photo: Big Moose Pond as seen from Little Moose Mountain, Greenville, by David Preston