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.

Join Us for "National Security Impacts of Climate Change"

Please join us in Portland on Thursday, April 5 for two forums exploring how climate change is disrupting communities around the world and impacting America’s national security. Climate change threatens America’s national security as well as communities around the world. Climate change effects like extreme weather, food and water scarcity, and sea-level rise can lead to political instability and even war. The U.S. military, intelligence community, and nations around the world are taking these threats seriously. The evening forum will feature U.S. Senator Angus King, Lieutenant General Castellaw, USMC (Ret.), and and Roger Sorkin, Executive Director and Producer of the American Resilience Project. Both events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

Top Stories

Southern Maine Bus Services Consider Cleaning Up Their Act with Electric Vehicles

‘The future of public transit is electric,’ says the head of ShuttleBus-Zoom, which may join Greater Portland Metro and apply for grant money to replace diesel buses with electric ones. by Penelope Overton, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Greater Portland Metro and ShuttleBus-Zoom may come together to bring...

Central Maine Power Transmission Line Project Raises Red Flags

The question is: Why should Maine accept a line like the one New Hampshire just rejected? by Ernie Hilton and Adam Lee Central Maine newspapers op-ed Central Maine Power is engaged in a major public relations effort to convince Maine people that its 145-mile transmission line project, which would cut...

Electric Bus Demonstration Coming to Portland and Augusta

Mainebiz news story The Natural Resources Council of Maine is putting the word out that the electric bus manufacturer Proterra is bringing a zero-emission electric bus to locations in Portland and Augusta for demonstrations next week. The zero-emissions bus can operate all day on a single charge or by using...

Remove Scott Pruitt from the EPA

EPA Administrator Pruitt is unfit to lead the federal agency that protects our public health, environment, and economy. During his time in office, Pruitt has worked to silence scientists and derail dozens of environmental safeguards that protect our clean air, clean water, public lands, and climate. We need replace him with someone who will stand up for the American people rather than polluters.

Legislative Priorities

We review every bill under consideration at the State House to determine which ones need our support and which we must oppose, based on their potential impact on Maine’s environment. Learn about this year's priorities and how you can be involved to help protect the nature of Maine. Visit and bookmark our Bill Tracking page to read updates, bill language, fact sheets, and testimony on the priority bills that we are following during the 2018 legislative session.

NRCM's Podcast: "Maine's Environment: Hot News Now"

New episode of NRCM's podcast. “Maine’s Environment: Hot News Now” brings you the latest on our high-priority environmental issues, direct from the NRCM staff working on them. Episode 3 features Climate and Clean Energy Project staff Dylan Voorhees and Sophie Janeway updating you with the latest news about the solar bill, which just passed by an overwhelming majority in the Maine Senate,and is now headed to the House. Be sure to tune in!

Telstar Middle School in Bethel Selects NRCM as Recipient of Art Fundraiser

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is honored and pleased to announce that students at Telstar Middle School in Bethel have selected our organization as a recipient of their ArtReach Talent Show fundraiser, happening on Thursday, March 22 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at their school at 284 Walkers Mills Road in Bethel.

Other recipients include wonderful nonprofits doing important work on topics that range from mental health to hurricane relief, animal welfare to support of veterans, and more.

Thank you to the students and staff at the school for selecting NRCM as your environmental protection recipient. If you are in the Bethel area on Thursday night, please go support the students and organizations at this event!

Telstar art show

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.

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Unplug It to Save Energy

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Creature Feature: Common Eider

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) Cool Fact: Female eiders often combine their chicks together into larger nursery groups called “crèches” and collectively watch over them. As noted in a recent blog post, 2018 has been designated The Year of the Bird in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the enactment of the historic Migratory Bird Treaty… Continue Reading

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