Protecting Maine's Environment

Since 1959

Banner photo: Snow-covered trees in Monmouth, Maine, by Beth Comeau

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.

Podcast: Stories that Gave Us Hope in 2019

In our latest podcast, NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim shares the stories and successes from the past year that give us hope for Maine's environment. As we head into 2020, Pete also shares what these exciting developments mean for the New Year.

2020 Legislative Bill Tracking

The Maine Legislature is back in session, and legislators are already working on a variety of bills that will impact Maine's land, air, water, and wildlife. Stay informed and involved by visiting our bill tracking page where you can learn about upcoming public hearings & ways to get involved, read NRCM testimony, & more.

Thousands of Mainers Want Recycling Reform for Maine

Learn more about a bill coming to the Maine Legislature in 2020 that would create an extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging law. Then learn how to get involved: sign our petition, contact your municipal officials, & learn ways to reduce & reuse materials.

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.

BREAKING NEWS: LUPC decision on CMP corridor ignores harm done to Maine. Read statement from NRCM.

CMP transmission line proposal

News from NRCM

CMP Spends a Staggering $2.3M in 3 Months on Campaign to Boost Controversial Corridor

Spending comes as utility seeks rate increase that would cost Mainers $46.5 million NRCM news release Augusta, ME (January 16, 2020) A newly released campaign report filed late yesterday reveals that Central Maine Power (CMP) funneled an astounding $2.3 million to its Political Action Committee (PAC) during the last three...

LUPC Decision on CMP Corridor Ignores Harm Done to Maine

NRCM news release  January 8, 2020 (Orono, ME) – Maine’s leading environmental advocacy group, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), issued the following statement from Clean Energy Staff Attorney Sue Ely regarding the decision today by the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) to certify to the Maine Department of...

News & Noteworthy — January 2020

Happy New Year! Here is the latest round-up of news from the past week. January 2, 2020 NRCM Dip & Dash We’ve entered a new year but not before nearly 200 hardy Mainers braved the snow to run and swim in our annual Dip & Dash in Portland. The Clean...

Background photo: Whitecap Mountain by Peter Simmons

Enjoying Maine Waters Every Year

NRCM CEO shares her love of Maine's waters in her most recent Notes from Lisa blog post. Lisa paddled the Kennebec this past year, along with several NRCM members, to celebrate NRCM's 60th as well as the 20th anniversary of the removal of the Edwards Dam. Read about this trip & victories for Maine's clean water.

Critter Chatter

NRCM member Jayne Winters has brought back a beloved column from the Town Line newspaper, which will also be shared each month in our new Critter Chatter blog. She will share stories and photos from the Donald Cote, founder of the Duck Pond Wildlife Center in Vassalboro, and a 2019 People's Choice Award finalist.

Christmas Birds: Count!

Quick, can you name something you can do with 79,000 other people, all with the same goal, at roughly the same time? In their latest “Birding with Jeff and Allison” blog post, NRCM’s expert birders share a few Christmas Bird Count stories and encourage you to participate!

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 discount program.

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Find out about events NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Get NRCM Gear, Baskets, & More

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

Cathance River Preserve in winter

My Maine This Week: Steve Yenco

Echo Lake in winter

My Maine This Week: Rondi Nelson

My Maine This Week: Soni Adams

My Maine This Week: Soni Adams

Wild parsnip flower Max Miller

My Maine This Week: Max Miller

Bald Eagle over Penobscot by Pam Wells

My Maine This Week: Pam Wells

chickadee in South China, Maine

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters

Pine Point Beach

My Maine This Week: Steve Cartwright

Sweden, Maine fall foliage

My Maine This Week: Ted Anderson

A Leaf in the Pile

My Maine This Week: Ava O’Connell

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: 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."