From droughts and extreme heat, to flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and sea-level rise, we're feeling the impact of the climate crisis as a result of increased pollution. Climate change is an urgent problem and requires an urgent solution. Contact Maine's Congressional delegates to ask them to support a 100% clean economy.
Protecting Maine's Environment
Banner photo: Clearwater Lake, Industry, Maine, by Aaron Rivard
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! The Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 5 in Lewiston. Save the date and come testify against this corridor, which the majority of Mainers agree is a bad deal for Maine.
It's that Time Again: NRCM's Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash
Join us to dip, dash, or both at NRCM's 12th Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash on Tuesday, December 31st in Portland! It's a wildly fun event, complete with screaming mayhem, festive polar bears, and enthusiastic participants all there to support our clean energy & climate program!
NRCM Middle School Grant Applications Due Friday
Since 2015, NRCM has awarded small grants to Maine middle school educators and club leaders for projects that engage students in Maine’s environment and the value of protecting it. Learn more about this program and apply for a grant by Friday, November 22.
Sign our petition to Maine legislators to urge them to pass an extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging law in 2020. Get involved to help reform recycling today: sign our petition, contact your municipal officials, and learn ways to reduce and reuse materials in your own home.
A Second Chance for the Moosehead Lake Region?
Weyerhaeuser recently announced that it wants to terminate the Moosehead Region Concept Plan that it acquired from Plum Creek when the companies merged. Cathy Johnson, NRCM Forests & Wildlife Director, shares thoughts about this news and what might come next.
From Hawk Hunting to Hawk Watching: A Day Celebrating Hawks at “Mt. A” with NRCM Members
NRCM’s bird experts, Allison & Jeff Wells, recount a recent member event at Mt. Agamenticus—and contrast the now-outlawed tradition of hawk shooting with the enjoyment of watching hawk migration at one of Maine’s premier hawk-watching locales.
2019 Conservation Leadership Awards
Each year, the Natural Resources Council of Maine presents our Conservation Leadership Awards to people who are making a difference for Maine's environment. This year's awards ceremony took place at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine in Portland on October 16.
Read about each of this year's award recipients and some of their remarks upon accepting their awards. This year, awards were presented to:
- Jon Lund of Hallowell (Lifetime Achievement)
- Liz Caruso of Caratunk
- SolaRISE coalition of Portland
- Sandi Howard of Caratunk (2019 People's Choice Award winner)
Do you know how much food the average Maine family of four wastes each year? Do you want to learn ways to reduce your food waste, plastic bag and foam food container use? Download or request a copy of our “Reduce Your Use” brochure for tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits such as grocery shopping, consumer purchases, cutting back on food and other waste such as plastic bags and food containers 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.
A feature to help you help the planet.
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."