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.

Your Gift to Protect the Nature of Maine - Doubled! 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. Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by another caring donor. Thank you!

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Canadian Company Presents Plan for Mining Thousands of Acres in Northern Maine

by A.J. Higgins Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. Dreams of excavating mineral riches in northern Maine have persisted since the late 1970s, when a geological survey confirmed significant deposits of zinc, copper, silver and lead in the region. Since then, mining companies have had their eyes...

Collins Draws Ire from Conservation Groups Over Vote on Senate Tax Bill, Allowing Arctic Drilling

by Susan Sharon Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. As Republicans look to reconcile key differences between the House and Senate versions of their tax bills, one of the flashpoints is around a remote, eastern corner of Alaska — the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, considered one of...

Future Remains Uncertain for Katahdin Woods and Waters

Mainebiz news story Supporters of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument expressed relief on Tuesday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn't recommending the 87,500-acre monument be reduced in size, which is what he recommended for more than a half dozen other monuments in his final report on the fate...

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.

Polar Bear Dip & Dash trivia

Answer a few questions about our annual Dip & Dash for your chance to win.

Have you been to one of our previous nine Polar Bear Dip & Dash events at East End Beach in Portland? Do you remember which year was the coldest? The warmest? Any idea which local radio station promotes the event on air each year? What is the leading cause of climate change in Maine?

Answer these questions and more for your chance to win a hand-made polar bear mug by a Maine potter. All entries must be received by Friday, December 15 at noon.


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Give Gifts that Last

If you give gifts this year, choose ones that are durable.  Cheap items often wear out fast, causing a waste of materials and money. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.    

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Gray Squirrel

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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