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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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Solar Bill Could Help Mainers Facing Some of Nation’s Highest Utility Rates

A bill up for vote this week 
means the PUC could ensure 
wise use of solar, despite 
CMP's cockeyed arguments otherwise. by Tony Buxton, special to the Press Herald Press Herald op-ed If the Legislature passed a law making you pay your grocer for the vegetables you grow in your...

Novel Solar Tracker in South Paris will Fuel Electric Cars – and Hopes for Inspiring Students

Installing the moveable array of panels along a well-traveled road on the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School campus will teach students about renewable energy and generate a higher profile. by Tux Turkel, staff writer Portland Press Herald news story The state’s first solar array that tracks the sun to charge...

Administration Needs to Heed Katahdin Woods and Waters Supporters

Responses in the public comment period nearly unanimously endorse the national monument. by Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director of the Augusta-based Natural Resources Council of Maine Portland Press Herald op-ed AUGUSTA — In May, the Trump administration asked Americans to weigh in on the fate of 27 national monuments, including Katahdin...

Help us “put the focus” on celebrating 30 years of the Land for Maine’s Future program. Celebrate LMF's anniversary by participating in NRCM’s photo contest! Now through Friday, August 18, send us your photos of these spectacular lands for your chance to win a prize and have your photo featured on our website.

Support NRCM at Chipotle in Augusta or South Portland!

Support NRCM by enjoying a meal at Chipotle restaurants in Augusta at 1 Stephen King Drive, or South Portland at 359 Maine Mall Road, Sunday, July 30 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Bring this flyer to Augusta or this flyer to South Portland (printed or shown on your mobile device) or just tell the cashier that you are there to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and 50% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to NRCM!

Members of the Larouche family, 2016 NRCM People's Choice Award winners
The Larouche family, 2016 NRCM People's Choice Award winners

Nominate Your Choice for Our People's Choice Award

Help us honor someone (or a group) who has gone above and beyond to protect a special place, helped pass a particular safeguard for Maine’s environment, or worked to stop polluting companies from contaminating our state—a volunteer who has devoted their time and effort to making future generations will enjoy the kind of Maine we know and love today. Nominate them for NRCM's annual People's Choice Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, August 7.

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Green Tip of the Day

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Flower or Weed?

Give clover a chance! Clover was not considered a “weed” until pesticide companies began marketing broadleaf herbicides to  homeowners. Clover is attractive, soft on bare feet, and helps reduce your lawn’s demand for nitrogen, since it creates its own from the air. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the… Continue Reading

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Creature Feature

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Creature Feature: River Otter

To encounter a river otter in the wild is to know joy. How could it be otherwise? “Otters are highly intelligent; their inclination to make a ‘game’ out of almost any activity is almost legendary,” wrote Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife biologist John Hunt.

NRCM’s Creature Feature helps you learn about many species of wildlife that live in Maine and whose survival depends upon a clean and healthy environment.

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Featured publication: Visitors Guide to Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

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.