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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.

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Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument Still Under Threat from Trump Administration

By Anthony Moffa, visiting professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland Bangor Daily News op-ed A year ago, President Donald Trump announced the largest rollback of federal land protections in American history when he proclaimed the reduction of two western national monuments: Bears Ears and...

Jackman Joins Resistance against CMP Power Line Project

Residents voted 78-11 to oppose the project at a special town meeting on Wednesday. By Meg Robbins, Staff Writer Central Maine newspapers news story JACKMAN — The town of Jackman has joined a number of towns and organizations throughout the state in opposing Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed transmission line...

Jackman Residents Vote to Oppose CMP Transmission Line

Jackman joins Caratunk, West Forks, The Forks, in opposition; Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the Town of Alna rescinded prior support, too NRCM news release Tonight, at a special town meeting in the MSAD#12 School Gymnasium, Jackman residents voted 78-11, with one abstention, to oppose CMP’s proposal to build a massive...

CMP's Proposed Transmission Line: A Bad Deal for Maine

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! Read about the study that shows that it would do nothing to reduce climate-changing pollution. Then be sure to sign the petition in opposition to CMP's proposal.

Listen to New NRCM Podcast Episode

With Maine’s new legislators being sworn in this week, NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim breaks down November’s election results and what they mean for the year ahead in our latest "Maine Environment: Conversations with NRCM" podcast. Hear our take on what to watch for as we transition to the 129th Legislature and a new gubernatorial administration.

Make a Gift to Protect the Nature of Maine

You are an essential partner in the Natural Resources Council of Maine's (NRCM) work providing the people and the wildlife of Maine clean air, clean water, and protected habitats. Please consider a year-end, tax-deductible gift, which will help to protect the nature of Maine, today and for generations to come.

Be part of the fun at NRCM's 11th Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash!

Join us on Monday, December 31 in Portland's East End for a 5K race and an icy, cold dip into Casco Bay!

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A "Winter Finch" Holiday for Birders

For birders in Maine and across the Northeast, a holiday of sorts is fast approaching, one that takes place just once every two years or so. What is it, and what does it have to do with the Year of the Bird? NRCM's Allison Wells and her husband Jeff, both lifelong birders and authors, tell you all about it.

NRCM Dip & Dash Turns into Mountain Biking Adventure

NRCM's Fiona Gordon shares the story of her first NRCM Polar Bear Dip & Dash and how it turned into an unforgettable mountain biking adventure in Parsonsfield this spring.

A Top Threat to Biodiversity: Invasive Plants

In her latest blog post, wildlife ecologist Deb Perkins shares important information about how to protect native plants from invasive plant species and what to do to restore native plants in your community.

Winter is almost here, and now is a great time to find ways to improve your home's energy efficiency. Let NRCM help! Our brochure, "Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings," is full of tips and ideas to help you save energy and save money on your home heating costs. Download or request your copy today!

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.

My Maine This Week - Linda Woods

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Mousam River Estuarine Trail in Kennebunkport

My Maine This Week: Laura Pope

Tom turkey

My Maine This Week: Maine Wildlife by Jayne Winters

Fort Foster, Kittery

My Maine This Week: Betty Olivolo

Saw-whet Owl in Portland by Kristin Jackson

My Maine This Week: Kristin Jackson

raccoon in Dyer Long Pond Jefferson

My Maine This Week Slideshow: Images by Callie Wronker

Dead River below Flagstaff Lake Dam

My Maine This Week: Barbara Heap

Bristol Preserve Kate Coupland

My Maine This Week: Kate Coupland

Megunticook Lake Camden

My Maine This Week: Don Drake

Green Tip of the Day

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Beat Back Battery-Powered Gift Giving

The EPA reports that about 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Since even rechargeable batteries end up in the waste stream at some point, give gifts that don’t require batteries. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.       Read More

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Creature Feature

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee by Kim Mitchell/USFWS

Creature Feature: Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Bombus affinis Cool Fact: Bumble bee queens hatch in the fall and spend the winter a few inches below the snow. In the shortening days of late August and September, the bumble bees are ever-present in the garden. Deliberate in their flight, they hover and land on the oregano, arugula, butterflyweed, Read More

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