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.
Protecting Maine's Environment
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!
Zoom in: Ask the Experts: Driving Electric in Maine
Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Curious about buying, owning, & driving electric in Maine? Join us for a panel of Maine electric vehicle (EV) owners & experts. Learn about the basics of EVs, cold weather performance, available state & federal rebates, & answer your burning EV questions from Mainers who own & drive them. Advance registration is required.
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.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Designation of the Allagash as a "Wild & Scenic" River
In July, 1970, the Allagash River received federal designation as a protected "Wild and Scenic River." Protection of the Allagash was also the issue on which NRCM was founded more than 60 years ago.
- Watch our 50th anniversary video
- Read stories & see photos from NRCM members who have paddled the Allagash.
- Learn about the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, including helpful tips for planning your trip
- See a full timeline of the history of the Wilderness Waterway
- Read George Smith's blog about the "Allagash Explorer"
- Watch Dean Bennett's video of the story of the Allagash, "Celebrating the Past, Ensuring the Future"
New Tool Helps Make NRCM’s Website More Accessible
We're excited to share with you a new tool that we added to our website to assist more people in accessing information on it. We want to ensure that people who have varying visual abilities, who are non-native English speakers, or people who have difficulty reading text on a screen can now more easily view our website & learn how to get involved to protect the nature of Maine.
Reusable Bags are the New Comeback Kids
Good news! Store managers can now allow customers to bring in reusable shopping bags, according to the COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance provided by the Maine Department for Economic and Community Development. Learn more from NRCM Sustainable Maine Director Sarah Nichols.
A Strange & Mysterious Feathered Creature
What is the strange and mysterious feathered creature that has been flying around Maine’s airspace, for who knows how long? For those in the know, the odd, crossed tips of the bill are a giveaway; for others, it could be up there with the famed “mystery beast of Turner” and other creatures of Maine lore. Read more in the latest Birding with Jeff and Allison blog.
Climate Action Recommendations for a Healthier, Stronger Maine
NRCM's David Costello shares recommendations identified by a wide array of Maine organizations, including NRCM, as essential components for Maine’s Climate Action Plan. Please call on the Climate Council to take these steps to secure Maine’s future.
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.
Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
View the map & learn more.
Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp & Guide Service discount program.
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.
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.
A feature to help you help the planet.
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: Snapping Turtle
Did you know that the shell of a snapping turtle is full of nerve endings and sensitive to scratches? Learn more interesting facts about this Maine animal in our latest Creature Feature.
Banner photo: Wassataquoik Lake by Lauren Mier