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.



Have you heard about Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile high voltage transmission line from the Quebec-Maine border, through western Maine to Lewiston? CMP is proposing 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.

Top Stories

Land Use Planning Commission’s Proposed New “Adjacency” Rule has Few Backers. Will It Matter?

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story One by one, interested parties walked to to the microphone Wednesday afternoon, introduced themselves to the members of the Land Use Planning Commission, and told those commissioners why scrapping their one-mile “adjacency” principle was the wrong thing to do. One...

State Planners Should Tread Lightly on Rural Rule Changes

Doing away with Maine's 'one-mile rule' could spur development in remote, pristine areas where it doesn't belong. Portland Press Herald editorial State planning officials are proposing a change to the rules that have governed development in Maine’s unorganized territories for more than four decades. The plan raises many questions, with...

Conservationists and Others Voice Concern Over Development Proposals for Rural Maine

By A.J. Higgins Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. For more than 40 years, development proposals in Maine's unorganized townships have been handled in a fairly straightforward way: new construction had to be located within one road mile of a similar existing development, such as a group...

Restoration of Alewives in Maine Rivers is No Fish "Tail"

Hear from NRCM Staff Scientist and Healthy Waters Project Director Nick Bennett about his recent trip, along with other NRCM staff members, to view the largest alewife run in the United States — happening right here in Central Maine, at Benton Falls on the Sebasticook River. He writes about the successes and challenges of fish restoration to Maine's rivers, and how "rivers and lakes that have their native alewife runs feel more alive."

"My Family and ME"—Enjoying Maine's Environment

You’re invited to join us in celebrating families like yours who care about protecting the nature of Maine. Show us your smiling children at the beach. Snap a pic of your spouse or partner at the summit of a mountain. Take a photo at your annual family reunion at Aunt Irene’s camp. Wherever you and your family are outside in Maine this summer, we want to see your pics! We’ll share your photos on our website!

Moosehead Lake. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman/NRCM

LUPC Proposes Elimination of Adjacency Principle

NRCM is concerned about the Land Use Planning Commission’s (LUPC) proposal to eliminate the adjacency principle’s "one-mile rule." This policy has guided responsible development while protecting wildlife habitat and remote, undeveloped parts of Maine’s North Woods for more than 45 years, so it should not be discarded quickly or lightly.

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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.

Get your copy of our newest publication, "Reduce Your Use" for tips to reduce your impact on the environment (and your wallet) by making simple changes to your daily habits.

Spotted Sandpiper chick near the Penobscot River in Old Town, Maine

My Maine This Week: David Small

Marshall Point Lighthouse by Don Drake

My Maine This Week: Don Drake

Loons on Brettun's Pond in Livermore. Photo by Ted Anderson

My Maine This Week: Ted Anderson

Gay wings plant by Linda Woods

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Spring peeper by David Preston

My Maine This Week: David Preston

Spring sunset at Pine Point Fisherman's Co-op in Scarborough

My Maine This Week: Colleen Mars

Great Egret by Earl Wilcher

My Maine This Week: Earl Wilcher

Sand Beach at night by Gerard Monteux

My Maine This Week: Gerard Monteux

Schoodic skiffs at rest, Winter Harbor, by Penny Walls

My Maine This Week: Penny Walls

Green Tip of the Day


Ready Access for Garden Plants

You can buy inexpensive plastic spigots that screw onto a 2-liter soda bottle (of any brand). Fill the bottle with water, screw on the spigot, invert, and bury the spigot in the ground next to a large plant to provide it with a steady supply of water as needed. To view more tips, click here…. Continue Reading

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Creature Feature

Raccoon, photo by Jayne Winters

Creature Feature: Raccoon

The only place raccoons don’t live is in the dense spruces and firs of the northern boreal forest, and the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

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