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.

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Climate Impact Key to Maine Power Line Decision

We need to know how Hydro-Quebec will meet all of its energy contracts. Portland Press Herald editorial The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report last week should put every planning decision in sharp focus. Ninety-one of the world’s top climate scientists say that we have about a decade left...

Sobering New U.N. Report Validates Climate Science, Economics

A price on carbon and an internationally coordinated and enforceable effort are surely the way forward. by Michael Jones, Brunswick resident and associate professor of economics emeritus at Bowdoin College Portland Press Herald op-ed BRUNSWICK — The news Monday proclaimed two remarkable, and related, events. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,...

U.N. Climate Report is Our Pearl Harbor Moment

The politics of division won't work to fight a threat like global warming. Portland Press Herald editorial The events of the last two years show that Americans know how to choose up sides and fight each other. But if we had to, could we put aside our differences and fight...

Join Us as We Honor Our 2018 Conservation Leadership Award Winners

Wednesday, October 17 in Yarmouth

Learn more about this year's award recipients and RSVP for the celebration.

  • Horace (Hoddy) Hildreth (Falmouth) Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Sandy and Ole Jaeger (Georgetown
  • Bill Mook (Walpole)
  • Robin Robinson (Brunswick) 2018 People’s Choice Award winner


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Banner photo by NRCM/J.Monkman

NRCM is Hiring!

The Natural Resources Council of Maine has two current job opportunities: one as our Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications, and the other as NRCM's Social Media and Creative Services Coordinator. Come be a part of our team as we work to protect the nature of Maine.

New School Food Recovery Handbook

Just in time for the new school year, NRCM has created the first comprehensive guide for Maine schools that identifies the serious problems with wasting food and offers solutions, explaining step-by-step how to take action, work as a successful team, and involve others in the school. By referring to NRCM’s School Food Recovery Hierarchy Framework and using the “How-to” guides, your school will be well on its way to reducing food waste.

Take Action for Maine's Environment

NRCM and our environmental and public health partners invite you to attend one of four events this fall to learn about the threats we face to Maine's clean air, clean water, land, and wildlife, and how you can best take action to stop rollbacks being proposed at the state and federal levels. Learn more on our events page, and sign up for an event in Biddeford, Auburn, Jefferson, or Falmouth.

Join Us at the CMP Transmission Line Hearing on October 17

Make your voice heard about Central Maine Power's proposal. A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at 5:00 p.m. at the Public Utilities Commission office at 101 Second Street, Hallowell, Maine. We hope you will join us and speak out at this hearing!

Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile high voltage transmission line from the Quebec-Maine border, through western Maine to Lewiston is a bad deal for Maine. CMP wants to build a transmission line though Maine's woods solely to bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, with no significant benefit to Maine people and no benefit to our climate!

Add your name in opposition to CMP's proposal.

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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 newly designed NRCM t-shirts and mugs, a black or khaki NRCM cap, totes, hand-crafted Passamaquoddy baskets, Atayne active apparel, & more.
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Postcard from Vienna, Austria in the Year of the Bird

What does the “Cool Forests” conference in Austria have to do with Maine and Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 2018? In their latest Year of the  Bird blog, NRCM’s Allison Wells and husband Jeff, lifelong birders, make the connection – and share cool photos, too!

My Family's Hike in the Nahmakanta Public Reserved Lands

Read about NRCM’s membership director Stacie Haines' time hiking and camping with family and friends in one of Maine’s favorite Public Reserved Lands. She calls them one of Maine's "best kept secrets." Great photos, too!

Baby Bats Need Love, Too

Deborah Perkins, wildlife ecologist and owner of First Light Wildlife Habitats, sheds light on these remarkable creatures. She finds that most people value bats as an important cog in the wheel of biodiversity and are keen to know more about their behavior and life history.

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.

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

squirrel swimming in Maine

My Maine This Week: Judy Berk

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

My Maine This Week porcupine

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

My Maine This Week Paul Johnson

My Maine This Week: Paul Johnson

My Maine This Week, Bremen

My Maine This Week: Elizabeth Skidmore

Green Tip of the Day

Daffodils along rock wall Hallowell

Think Spring

Even though we are in the middle of fall it is never to early to start thinking about spring. Consider planting bulbs this month so that you can enjoy flowers in the months to come. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.    

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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,… Continue Reading

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