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.

With positive cases of COVID-19 increasing in Maine and across the nation, and with widespread closures still in place, NRCM has closed our Augusta-based office to the public until further notice. Our staff are primarily working at home. We are still available for your questions and thoughts via email. Please know that NRCM is staying abreast of the latest news and advice about COVID-19. Meanwhile, we will continue to work on policies and actions that address climate change, promote renewable energy, safeguard clean water and healthy forests, and help create better systems to manage our waste stream.

We hope that you stay healthy and safe, and trust that you can take the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. It provides solace in times like these, which is one of the many reasons we partner with you to protect it. Please stay connected with us through social media by clicking on the icons below. We look forward to seeing you there until our paths can cross in person once again. Read our full statement.

New Podcast: A Conversation with Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki is an outdoor reporter & editor of the Act Out section of the Bangor Daily News who also produces a 1-minute adventure series, in which she has already documented more than 350 Maine trails and waterways. In this podcast, hear about her Maine hiking experiences hiking, reporting on Maine’s outdoors, & reflections on the importance of conserving our state’s special places.

Upcoming Webinar: Maine's Sea-run Fish: Stories of Success

This time of year, sea-run fish return to Maine’s rivers to spawn. As dramatic as their returns are, it's just a fraction of an unimaginably abundant resource just a few centuries ago. Join NRCM's Nick Bennett and Deb Wilson of the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration on June 11 at noon to hear about Maine's sea-run fish species & recovery efforts. Registration is required.

Working Together for Healthier, More Affordable Transportation Options

At NRCM, we’re working with partners across the state to help create healthier, cleaner, and more affordable transportation options to serve Mainers better. In this new blog, NRCM's Sophie Janeway invites you to help us imagine what’s possible & submit your thoughts & photos.

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — June 2020

June 2, 2020 Here are some of the important news stories related to Maine’s environment of the past week: We are going to start this week’s News & Noteworthy with some great news. More than one million alewives have climbed the Damariscotta Fish Ladder. Watch this WMTW news video about...

News & Noteworthy — May 2020

May 26, 2020 Here are some of the important news stories related to Maine’s environment of the past two weeks: As Beaches Reopen, a Record Number of Piping Plovers are Nesting — Portland Press Herald This Amish Farm’s In-ground Greenhouse is the First One of Its Kind in Maine —...

Poll Shows Strong Majority of Maine Voters Support Climate Action and Clean Energy

Results Gathered During Current Pandemic NRCM news release May 12, 2020 (Augusta, ME) – A strong majority of Maine voters support bipartisan action on clean energy and transportation to address climate change, even as the state faces the  coronavirus pandemic, according to the results of a public opinion survey released...

Background photo: Eagle Lake, Allagash region by David Preston

Sharing the Mystery of “Suddenly Appearing Birds”

As bird enthusiasts across Maine notice many new species suddenly appearing at their feeders and around their yards, many wonder why. In their latest “Birding with Jeff and Allison” blog, NRCM’s resident bird experts reveal the mystery.

What's Happening to the Plum Creek Plan for Moosehead Lake?

Landowner Weyerhaeuser has petitioned to terminate the Moosehead Region Concept Plan, written when Plum Creek proposed massive development around Moosehead Lake 15 years ago, NRCM's Melanie Strum shares thoughts about opportunities & concerns, as well as a link to NRCM's comments to the LUPC.

Hitting the Trails in Brunswick

Recently, NRCM staffer Stacie Haines shared information about local trails near her home in Central Maine. Well, now it's NRCM's Chrissy Adamowicz who is sharing information and photos from trails near her Brunswick home. Find new places to get outside in Brunswick and Topsham for some exercise, fresh air, & sunshine.

Speaking of Quarantine…Part I

In this edition of "Critter Chatter," Jayne Winters writes, "As we try to adjust to social distancing, I wondered about what warrants quarantining at wildlife rehab centers." She then shares information about how sick & injured animals at the Duck Pond Wildlife Center need to be handled to protect the health of other animals.

What Will Our Streets Look Like in the Future?

In this guest post by Eliza of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, she writes, "As the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19, bicycle & pedestrian advocates...have a tremendous opportunity to prove that clean, human-powered transportation is a viable aspect of an environmentally and economically sustainable future."

Four Ways to Improve Our Worsening Waste and Recycling Crisis

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of recycling; and has also further exposed the flaws in the whole recycling system. NRCM Sustainable Maine Director Sarah Nichols lays out the problems we face and describes how we can come together with solutions to improve our worsening waste and recycling crisis.

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Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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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.

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.

Hooded Mergansers

My Maine This Week: David Small

beaver eating an acorn

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

Wesserunsett Lake by Richard Flanagan

My Maine This Week: Richard Flanagan

Moose Pond Denmark

My Maine This Week: Benjamin Wells-Goodwin

Shrouded Mist

My Maine This Week: Earth Day-inspired Poems & Art

Canada Goose landing in water

My Maine This Week: Beth Comeau

red squirrel eating nuts in snow

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters

Moose crossing Golden Road

My Maine This Week: Jeannie Mooney

Barred Owl by Hal Winters

My Maine This Week: Hal Winters

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!

Creature Feature: Striped Skunk

Did you know that skunks are active year-round, but during the cold of winter they slow down and stay inside their dens, sometimes with other skunk families and friends? Learn more about this sweet (and stinky) Maine animal in our latest Creature Feature.


Banner photo: Wassataquoik Lake by Lauren Mier