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.

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 to replace him with someone who will stand up for the American people rather than polluters. Read our news release.

National Security Impacts of Climate Change

Climate change threatens America’s national security as well as communities around the world. Extreme weather, food and water scarcity, and sea-level rise caused by climate change can lead to political instability and even war. The U.S. military, intelligence community, and world nations are taking these threats seriously. Watch videos of our recent forums, featuring Senator Angus King and others.

Square Lake Thoroughfare by Ann Flewelling

Help Protect Fish River Lakes from Irving Development

Canadian conglomerate J.D. Irving Ltd. has filed a proposal to rezone more than 51,000 acres of land in northern Maine, near the Fish River Lakes. Irving’s concept plan, the second largest rezoning application in Maine's history, will set a precedent for future rezoning projects in the North Woods, and NRCM is intervening in this process to examine the facts and raise our concerns. Learn how you can get involved to help protect this special place.






A big part of what defines Maine is our rich and abundant wildlife, but our essential safety net for imperiled plants, fish, and wildlife is under attack. Take action today to urge your legislators to oppose dangerous riders in the Farm Bill that undermine Endangered Species Act protections.


Top Stories

Irving’s Plan for Aroostook Lakes Region Includes Commercial, Residential Development

  by Staff Mainebiz news story J.D. Irving's proposed concept plan for 51,000 acres in Aroostook County asks the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to allow new commercial and residential development around the Fish River Lakes chain, in addition to conservation plans and continued logging operations. The Bangor Daily News...

Irving Unveils Its Plans for 51,000 Acres in Fish River Lakes Chain

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story The public gets its first opportunity to comment on a plan to rezone 51,000 acres within the Fish River Chain of Lakes at two public hearings later this month in northern Maine. J.D. Irving’s proposed concept plan asks the Maine...

It’s Not Jobs or Clear Air. We Can Have Both.

  Bangor Daily News editorial The Trump administration is working on many fronts to roll back air pollution standards and other environmental regulations. As usual, the administration argues that rigorous regulations are harmful to business and that easing such standards will lead to job creation and a more prosperous economy....

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.

Get your copy of our newest publication, "Reduce Your Use" for tips to reduce your impact on the environment (and your wallet) by making simple changes to your daily habits.

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My Maine This Week: David Preston

Spring sunset at Pine Point Fisherman's Co-op in Scarborough

My Maine This Week: Colleen Mars

Great Egret by Earl Wilcher

My Maine This Week: Earl Wilcher

Sand Beach at night by Gerard Monteux

My Maine This Week: Gerard Monteux

Schoodic skiffs at rest, Winter Harbor, by Penny Walls

My Maine This Week: Penny Walls

Puffin on Seal Island

My Maine This Week: Larry Mingledorff


My Maine This Week: Bennett Christiansen

Gooch's Beach at sunrise, Kennebunk

My Maine This Week: Frank Brooks

Fox in Gardiner by Mary Gilbert

My Maine This Week: Mary Gilbert

Green Tip of the Day

fresh local produce

Inquire about Your Meal

When eating out, ask questions about where the food comes, from where and how it is grown to whether it’s organic. Restaurant owners and managers need to know that their customers care about eating local, organic food. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here…. Continue Reading

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Creature Feature

Raccoon, photo by Jayne Winters

Creature Feature: Raccoon

The only place raccoons don’t live is in the dense spruces and firs of the northern boreal forest, and the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

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