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.

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!

Listen to Latest Podcast Episode

Colin is excited about Maine's first electric school bus, and then speaks with Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim about the most important federal climate bill ever, and what it means for Maine’s Climate Action Plan. They also discuss a lawsuit NRCM filed against Brookfield for violating federal environmental law on the Kennebec River and killing endangered Atlantic salmon.

Come Work with Us!

NRCM is seeking a Philanthropy and Board Assistant to provide administrative, organizational, and special event support to the CEO, the NRCM board, and the Philanthropy and Communications teams. View the full job description and apply. Deadline to apply is October 6, 2021.

Tell the LUPC to Deny Wolfden's Disastrous Mining Proposal

Wolfden Resources, a company in massive debt that has never developed a mine, is proposing to build a dangerous metal mine next to Baxter State Park and Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. The mine would threaten State Heritage brook trout waters and critical Atlantic salmon habitat. Contact the LUPC today to urge them to deny the rezoning request from Wolfden!

Explore Maine

Each year NRCM shares special Maine places for you to read about & explore. This year, NRCM members, board, & staff share some of our favorite Maine public lands, many of which were protected through the Land for Maine's Future program.

For those rainy days or sunny late summer beach days when you are looking for a good read, we have reviews of several books written by NRCM members, and some blogs & art to enjoy, too!

And don't leave home without our Maine Road Trip Playlist, with song suggestions by our members!

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — September 2021

Here are 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. September 16, 2021 We are starting off this week's News & Noteworthy with news...

Brookfield Sued for Repeatedly Breaking the Law and Killing Endangered Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic Salmon Federation | Conservation Law Foundation | Maine Rivers | Natural Resources Council of Maine News release  September 9, 2021 (Augusta, ME) — A lawsuit filed today seeks to stop the owner of four dams on Maine’s Kennebec River from violating federal law. Operations at the dams are killing endangered...

News & Noteworthy — August 2021

Here are 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. August 26, 2021 This year's Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging law was a big...

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

Birding on EPI land before it became KWW National Monument. Photo by A.Wells/NRCM

Five Years, Five Wildlife Reasons to Visit Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

August 24, 2021, marked the fifth anniversary of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. There are so many reasons to visit the Monument: hiking, camping, paddling, backpacking, skiing, and more! But, NRCM's birding experts Allison and Jeff Wells share photos, videos, and stories of why some of the best reasons to visit KWW are because of the incredible wildlife!

JIRP students watch the sunset over Glacier Bay National Park (Photo by Seth Campbell)

What Mainers Can Learn from the Arctic

Seth Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the Climate Change Institute and School of Earth & Climate Sciences at the University of Maine. He is also the Director of the Juneau Icefield Research Program, which is the longest operating polar research and training program in North America. In this guest post, Seth shares his experiences working with students through JIRP and why what happens in the Arctic matters to us in Maine.

Critter Chatter — Fall Freedom!

In her latest post, NRCM member Jayne Winters shares interesting information and updates on fall releases of rehabilitated wildlife from Duck Pond Wildlife Center in Vassalboro. Do you know the best time of day to release a deer back into the wild? Learn the answer in this month's "Critter Chatter," & then find out how you can help Don Cote feed and care for all of the animals he is helping to return to their natural habitat.

Explore Maine

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp & Guide Service discount program.

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Find out about events & webinars NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Get NRCM t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, NRCM caps, totes, & more.
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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.

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


My Maine This Week: Leslie Burhoe


My Maine This Week: Stewart Guilford

Sunrise Steve's Island

My Maine This Week: Alicia Heyburn

Gulf Hagas waterfall

My Maine This Week: Gulf Hagas by Wendy Weiger

dog on Popham Beach

My Maine This Week: Tom Rooney

Person caulking window on Bright Ideas pamphlet

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