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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Maine lawmakers have convened for the second session of the 130th Legislature and will consider dozens of bills that could impact Maine’s healthy air, clean water, and rich natural resources. In this episode, Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim details NRCM’s top environmental priorities for 2022 and why they matter for our collective work to protect the nature of Maine. Pete provides his thoughts about the opening session of the Legislature and reflections about the January 6, 2021, failed insurrection of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Community Solar — What's the Deal?

The 2022 session of the Maine Legislature is in full swing, and legislators will need to hear from you on some important bills to close the loophole on toxic out-of-state waste, enhance Maine's ecological reserve system, reclassify more than 800 miles of Maine rivers, and much more. Visit our bill tracking page to learn about opportunities to testify at public hearings (all done virtually again this year), read NRCM testimony & fact sheets, & more. Stay informed and involved to help protect Maine's environment.

Share Your Beautiful Maine Fall & Winter Photos!

If you are someone who loves photographing Maine's fall colors or spectacular winter scenes, then this opportunity is for you! Before February 14, send us up to three photos of yours that capture the beauty of fall or winter in Maine. Click on the button below to learn more & then enter for your chance to win some cool prizes!

News from NRCM

News & Noteworthy — January 2022

Hare are some highlights from this month’s news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this January 2022 News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. January 13, 2022 Sarah Sindo, a member of the NRCM Rising Leadership Team,...

News & Noteworthy — December 2021

Read some highlights from this month’s news stories and opinion pieces related to the environment, including Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife, in this December 2021 News & Noteworthy from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. December 30, 2021 If you don't know about the Paris Autobarn and their focus...

Judge Denies CMP’s Motion to Delay New Law Terminating CMP Corridor

NRCM news release December 16, 2021 (Augusta, ME) — Today, Judge Michael Duddy of the Maine Business & Consumer Court denied the motion by Avangrid and Central Maine Power (CMP) for a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the new law passed overwhelmingly by Maine voters to terminate the CMP...

Background photo: Aerial view of Pleasant Lake and Pickett Mountain by J. Monkman/NRCM

New Year, New ME

NRCM Rising Leadership Team member Kate Shambaugh shares her thoughts about setting attainable goals in the New Year that will help us as individuals but also help all of us who love and value Maine's environment: goals like buying local, learning new things, composting, & more. Read more from Kate in this month's NRCM Rising blog.

Part of New England's largest solar farm in Farmington, Maine. Photo by Beth Comeau

Community Solar — What's the Deal?

Guest blogger and author Sue Inches explains how community solar works and what the options are for Mainers. Find out the questions to ask, the choices you have, and what to make of all of those mailers you are all getting to sign up for community solar farms. 

Critter Chatter—Changing Seasons

What does it take to get the Wildlife Care Center's resident animals ready for winter in Maine? Learn about it in this month's Critter Chatter, as well as news of recent visit to the Center by NRCM staff. Read about Don Cote's 50+ years of work to care for Maine's injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife & how you can help.

Judge Denies CMP's Motion to Delay New Law
Terminating CMP Corridor

December 16, 2021 (Augusta, ME) — udge Michael Duddy of the Maine Business & Consumer Court denied the motion by Avangrid and Central Maine Power (CMP) for a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the new law passed overwhelmingly by Maine voters to terminate the CMP corridor. In his ruling the judge stated that Avangrid and CMP failed to meet any of the four criteria for a preliminary injunction.

Below is a statement from NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim:

“This is a big win for Maine people who voted overwhelmingly to terminate the CMP corridor. We appreciate the quick decision by the judge to reject CMP’s effort to subvert the will of Maine voters and look forward to the referendum becoming law on Sunday. The CMP corridor was a bad deal for Maine that was flawed from the very beginning. Now is the time for Maine and the region to move forward, embracing well-developed clean-energy projects, using the lessons learned from what has gone so wrong for CMP.”

View of Attean Pond from Sally Mountain. Photo by J.Monkman/NRCM

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Get one of our new NRCM logo beanies before they're gone! Also purchase NRCM t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, NRCM caps, totes, & more, all in support of our work to protect the nature of Maine.
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Featured: Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings

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 the tips in our Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings brochure can help you become more energy efficient 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.

Steller's Sea Eagle by Mary Beth Booth

My Maine This Week: Mary Beth Booth

Magalloway River

My Maine This Week: Barbara Heap

Red fox in winter

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters

Grindstone Neck sunset Gerard Monteux

My Maine This Week: Gerard Monteux

Great Blue Heron by Ted Anderson

My Maine This Week: Ted Anderson

Mallards on Penobscot River

My Maine This Week: Steve Cartwright

Maine-shaped rock on beach in Tasmania

My Maine This Week: Jeannie Mooney

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My Maine This Week: Kristen Lindquist

Spencer Mountain reflected in Spencer Pond

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

Reduce Your Use brochure

Sustain ME

A feature to help you help the planet.

Reduce Your Use: Tips for Reducing Your Footprint on the Environment

Do you know how much food the average Maine family of four wastes each year? Do you want to learn ways to reduce your food waste, plastic bag and foam food container use? This brochure includes tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits. Request a free brochure today!

Creature Feature: Snowshoe Hare

Did you know that except in very southernmost Maine, where they overlap with the cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hares are the only wild “rabbit” species in the state? Learn more about snowshoe hares in our latest Creature Feature written by Bangor-based science writer Catherine Schmitt.

 

Banner photo: Katahdin from Foss and Knowlton Pond trail, by Steve Cartwright