Protecting Maine's Environment

Since 1959

Banner photo: Snow-covered trees in Monmouth, Maine, by Beth Comeau

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.

2020 Legislative Priorities

Hot off the presses: our 2020 Legislative Priorities newsletter is here to highlight important environmental legislation happening at the State House this session. Learn more about the issues & how to get involved. Track the bills through the session on our bill tracking page.

Podcast: Recycling Reform, LD 2104

NRCM's Sustainability Director Sarah Nichols talks about an exciting recycling model that happens around the world—and now there's a bill that would bring it to Maine, too. LD 2104 incentivizes companies that make products with packaging to use less-wasteful packaging—and help Maine towns fund their recycling programs.

Announcing The Brookie Awards!

NRCM Rising is excited to launch The Brookie Awards! Six changemakers age 15-30 will be honored during the spring of 2020 for demonstrated leadership and impact in Maine’s environmental movement. Applications are due March 15. Apply or nominate someone today!

CMP wants to build a 145-mile transmission line though Maine's woods solely to bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, with no significant benefit to Maine people or our climate. Learn more about this bad idea for Maine people & environment.

CMP corridor

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — February 2020

NRCM Media Relations & Advocacy Communications Director Colin Durrant shares his thoughts on the latest news related to Maine's land, air, water, and wildlife each week. Here are this week's stories: February 27, 2020 Highlights Our CEO Lisa Pohlmann has an op-ed in the Sun Journal about what you can...

Bill Would Help Save Maine’s Struggling Recycling Programs

NRCM news release  Augusta, ME (February 25, 2020) – A bill being heard by lawmakers on Wednesday will help save taxpayers money and improve Maine’s struggling recycling programs by asking large corporations to share in responsibility for managing the flood of wasteful packaging entering the state. LD 2104 would apply...

News & Noteworthy — January 2020

January 30, 2020 Acting on Climate The Maine Climate Council held its second meeting, featuring an inspiring speech from youth representative Ania Wright and several scientific presentations. Down the hall, more than 100 Maine youth rallied to call for bolder climate action. Bangor High School students held an event on...

Background photo: Whitecap Mountain by Peter Simmons

Eroding a Bedrock Law: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Without the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, we might not now be able to see flocks of Common Eiders off Maine’s rocky coast or many other species, even our beloved Atlantic Puffins! Now, the MBTA is under attack in DC.

Top 5 Climate & Clean Energy Priorities for Maine in 2020

NRCM's Sophie Janeway shares the top five climate and clean energy priorities for Maine in the year ahead, including a strong climate action plan, energy efficiency for homes & businesses, and more.

Critter Chatter—Winter Break?

NRCM member Jayne Winters has brought back a beloved column from the Town Line newspaper, which she also shares monthly in our Critter Chatter blog. This month Jayne describes a typical winter day of caring for sick & injured wildlife at the Wildlife Care Center.

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Find out how to clean, control pests, and dispose of household cleaning products in a way that’s healthy for your family and the environment! Features dozens of easy “recipes” to clean drains, control ants and insects, polish your shoes, and more—the non-toxic way.

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.

Ellis River

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Enchanted River Township close-up of conifer branch

My Maine This Week: Todd Towle

Bald Eagles on the Kennebec

My Maine This Week: Garrett Noddin

snowshoe tracks across Dyer Long Pond

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

pair of Bald Eagles in tree

My Maine This Week: David Preston

Cathance River Preserve in winter

My Maine This Week: Steve Yenco

Echo Lake in winter

My Maine This Week: Rondi Nelson

My Maine This Week: Soni Adams

My Maine This Week: Soni Adams

Wild parsnip flower Max Miller

My Maine This Week: Max Miller

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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!

Creature Feature: Canada Warbler

Did you know that the Canada Warbler is one of the latest arriving of the 26 warbler species that split their lives between Maine and the tropics of Central and South America and the Caribbean? Learn all about this more about this bird and why it is described as "secretive."