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.

"Above and Below" artwork by Tom Ferrero

Maine’s Great Outdoors is Waiting for You

Summer in Maine offers so many opportunities for exploration. Whether you choose to go out into the great outdoors or prefer a staycation close to home, our Explore Maine 2020 will help you enjoy so much of what our state has to offer. Check out books, blogs, art, music, poetry, and studies by NRCM members, our Explore Maine Map, information about two summer celebrations of the "wild & scenic" Allagash and Ecological Reserves, & much, much more. Download or request your copy today!

Explainer: Why the CMP Corridor is a Bad Deal for Maine and the Climate

NRCM Staff Attorney Sue Ely writes, "Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission corridor through Western Maine is a bad deal for the North Woods, it’s a bad deal for our climate, and it’s a bad deal for our clean energy future. We want to tell you why." Read this blog for more information about how the CMP corridor would harm Maine's forests, wildlife habitat, and renewable energy jobs, all with no benefits for the climate.

New Podcast: A Climate Action Conversation with Mike Williams of the BlueGreen Alliance

The Maine Climate Council (MCC) is charged with developing a new Climate Action Plan that will grow Maine’s economy by reducing carbon pollution and transitioning to clean energy. We spoke with Mike Williams, Deputy Director of the BlueGreen Alliance and member of the MCC’s Transportation Working Group, about how the MCC can support and uplift working people in Maine.

Protecting Maine's North Woods: The Legacy of Cathy Johnson

As Doug Rooks writes, "For 30 years, there's been no fiercer, more consistent or passionate advocate of protecting the Maine woods, and enhancing its wildness" than Cathy Johnson. After three decades as NRCM's Forests & Wildlife Director, Cathy retired earlier this year. Read more about her accomplishments & advocacy in this story that originally appeared in our 2020 spring Maine Environment newsletter.

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — July 2020

July 10, 2020 Clean Energy Transition Shout out to Maine artists Jill Pelto for creating the art on Time Magazine’s special climate action issue!! Efficiency Maine is celebrating its 10th anniversary of helping Mainers save money and reduce pollution! Expanding access to electric vehicles is one of its top goals....

CMP & Hydro-Quebec Have Spent Record-breaking $16.78M on Campaign for the CMP Corridor

Spending hits $61,915 per day over the past 271 days NRCM news release July 7, 2020 (Augusta, ME) — Central Maine Power (CMP) has now spent $10.53 million and Hydro-Quebec $6.24 million on an unprecedented campaign to salvage their controversial 145-mile transmission line proposal that would deliver electricity from Quebec...

News & Noteworthy — June 2020

June 26, 2020 Maine Magazine recently wrote about “The Conservation Legacy of Angus King,” from the mid-1970s to today. Did you know that he once lobbied on behalf of the Natural Resources Council of Maine on Maine’s Bottle Bill? Earlier this week, NRCM and others filed suit over the CMP...

Background photo: Eagle Lake, Allagash region by David Preston

“Naked & Afraid”? How about Feathered and Fearless!

In their latest Birding with Jeff and Allison blog, NRCM’s bird experts Allison and Jeff Wells share the observations they made between an extreme reality TV show and the “extreme” lives of birds!

Participate in Plastic-free July to Help Curb Plastic Pollution

Plastic is polluting our environment, killing birds and sea creatures, and contributing to our climate crisis. But, did you know that reducing plastic is something you can do to support public health, the local economy, and human rights, too? Plastic-free July is a global movement to challenge us all to do better, and we must.

Better Broadband Connects Mainers to Cleaner Air & Stronger Economy

Vote YES on Question 1 on July 14 to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure for unserved & underserved areas in Maine to help small businesses thrive & ensure students can access education even at home. It also would strengthen communities in rural Maine towns & islands and give Maine a better chance of meeting bold carbon pollution reduction targets.

Ingrained in the Woodwork

Guest blogger Isaiah Reid of Kingfield shares some of his experiences as a black man living in rural Maine and writes, "I hope this helps Maine residents realize that racism is not something that occurs in pockets but is deeply ingrained in our culture—even in the 'peaceful' woods of Maine." Read more in his blog.

6 Apps to Help You Explore Maine, Wherever You Are

NRCM Social Media & Creative Services Manager Levi Hahn introduces you to six apps that will help you explore Maine’s environment on your bike, by foot, or while looking for birds & other wildlife.

Allagash River Trip: 9 Advantages to Choosing a Guide for Your Adventure

Mahoosuc Guide Service has joined many sporting camps that are offering a discount to NRCM members. Now, owners Kevin Slater & Polly Mahoney share the top nine reasons why you should consider hiring a guide for your next Allagash or other Maine outdoor adventure.

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.

Attend an Event

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, Caps, Totes, & More

Get NRCM t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, a black or khaki NRCM cap, totes, & more.
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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.

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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.


My Maine This Week: Lupines by Steve Cartwright

Frog in Bowdoinham

My Maine This Week: Justin Francisco

two deer in Tenants Harbor

My Maine This Week: Steve Cartwright

Borestone Mountain

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Landlocked salmon

My Maine This Week: David Preston

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

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