Protecting Maine's Environment

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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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MDI Town Latest Maine Municipality to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story Southwest Harbor is the latest town in Maine to adopt a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic bags by local retailers. The Mount Desert Island town held a special town meeting on Tuesday, a week after the statewide midterm...

Profits, Not Climate Benefits, are Driving CMP Transmission Proposal

The utility's transmission line will harm Maine's environment, economy and way of life – and will do nothing to reduce climate-disrupting pollution. by Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine Portland Press Herald op-ed AUGUSTA — Climate disruption is the most serious threat...

Start Listening, Folks: All-out Effort Needed to Prevent Climate Disaster

Our nation has made dramatic societal transformations in short periods of time when a dire situation, like global warming, has called for it. By Joe Hardy of Wells, a retired environmental educator, consultant and mediator Portland Press Herald op-ed WELLS — The recent report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on...

CMP's Proposed Transmission Line: A Bad Deal for Maine

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! Read about the study that shows that it would do nothing to reduce climate-changing pollution. Then be sure to sign the petition in opposition to CMP's proposal.

Take Action on Climate Pollution

Oil and gas methane pollution standards are safeguards that help keep our air clean and our families healthier. Now, the EPA is recklessly rolling back these protections, putting lives at risk. Exposure to this harmful air pollution can increase risk of asthma attacks and cancer. Methane is also a significant driver of climate change, responsible for roughly a quarter of the warming we’re experiencing. Tell the EPA to keep these standards in place!

NRCM Presents 2018 Conservation Leadership Awards

Each year, the Natural Resources Council of Maine presents our Conservation Leadership Awards to people making a difference for Maine's environment. NRCM CEO Lisa Pohlmann and Board Vice President Patty Hager presented awards to: Hoddy Hildreth, Sandy and Ole Jaeger, Bill Mook, and Robin Robinson, our 2018 People's Choice Award winner. We also recognized this year's outstanding People's Choice Award finalists.

Be part of the fun at NRCM's 11th Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash!

Join us on Monday, December 31 in Portland's East End for a 5K race and an icy, cold dip into Casco Bay!

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Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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A "Winter Finch" Holiday for Birders

For birders in Maine and across the Northeast, a holiday of sorts is fast approaching, one that takes place just once every two years or so. What is it, and what does it have to do with the Year of the Bird? NRCM's Allison Wells and her husband Jeff, both lifelong birders and authors, tell you all about it.

NRCM Dip & Dash Turns into Mountain Biking Adventure

NRCM's Fiona Gordon shares the story of her first NRCM Polar Bear Dip & Dash and how it turned into an unforgettable mountain biking adventure in Parsonsfield this spring.

A Top Threat to Biodiversity: Invasive Plants

In her latest blog post, wildlife ecologist Deb Perkins shares important information about how to protect native plants from invasive plant species and what to do to restore native plants in your community.

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.

Fort Foster, Kittery

My Maine This Week: Betty Olivolo

Saw-whet Owl in Portland by Kristin Jackson

My Maine This Week: Kristin Jackson

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

Green Tip of the Day

pine cones in snow

Get Crafty

Rather than waste money and resources on a holiday centerpiece you may not use again, make your own using pine cones, dried berries, acorns, and other natural “Maine made” items right around your yard. 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, Read More

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