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.

Let Us Help You Explore Maine This Summer & Fall

Summer & fall are the perfect time for picnics, hikes, swims, & more. Let us help you plan your outdoor adventures with our annual Explore Maine publication. We invite you to download or request your own copy today.

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From NRCM to the State House

This conversation between former NRCM Executive Director Brownie Carson and Deputy Director Joan Welsh covers their time at NRCM and their transitions from NRCM to the State House. Both left NRCM and headed to the Maine Legislature, Joan served in the Maine House and Brownie is currently in his second term in the Maine Senate. Hear more in our latest podcast.

Urge Army Corps to Hold CMP Corridor Public Hearing

The proposed CMP transmission corridor is a bad deal for Maine, and we need you to contact the Army Corps to urge them to hold a public hearing on the proposed Central Maine Power corridor. Also ask the Army Corps of Engineers to do a full Environmental Impact Statement on the project.

It's Time to Vote!

We have selected the five finalists for NRCM's 14th annual People's Choice Award, and now it's your turn to vote! Learn about each of these extraordinary finalists and their work to protect Maine's air, land, water, wildlife, and sustainability. Then place your vote before noon on Monday, September 9.

In 2019, the Maine Legislature delivered historic wins for clean energy & Maine's environment. Read our hot-off-the-presses 2019 Report Card for Maine's Environment to learn more about important bills passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mills, including a first-in-the-nation bill banning foam food containers; the most significant climate bill ever adopted in Maine; and bills to expand solar & protect more than 400 miles of Maine rivers.

News from NRCM

News and Noteworthy — August 2019

August 21, 2019 Here’s your latest round-up of news from the past week. Five Questions and a Paddle NRCM’s CEO Lisa Pohlmann spoke with the Kennebec Journal for their Five Questions feature and talked about the importance of strategy in overcoming obstacles, and a KJ reporter and photographer joined NRCM...

2019 NRCM People’s Choice Award Finalists

2019 NRCM People’s Choice Award We want to thank all of you who nominated someone for this year’s NRCM’s People’s Choice Award. We received more than 40 nominations, and narrowing the list down to this year’s five finalists was not easy. We want to thank all of the nominees for...

News and Noteworthy — July 2019

News & Noteworthy July 31, 2019 One Salmon’s Journey Bangor Daily News outdoors editor John Holyoke gives us the tale of one Atlantic salmon’s amazing journeys in Maine’s waters and an $880K payout from an oil company spill will fund improvements to help fish migrate up the Penobscot River and...

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 the study that shows that it would do nothing to reduce climate-changing pollution.


An Evening with the Puffins

More than 100 NRCM members enjoyed a spectacular evening aboard the Hardy Boat watching the puffins of Eastern Egg Rock. Lifelong birders Jeff and (NRCM’s) Allison Wells share an insider’s view in their newest post.

Cool Apps to Help You Explore Maine

NRCM Social Media & Creative Services Manager Levi Hahn shares some cool apps for you to download to your smartphone to help you get outside and enjoy Maine's environment this summer! Happy Exploring!

Students & Maine's Environment

Ten Maine middle schools received NRCM grants to support their students' work studying Maine's environment. Read the latest from classes creating nature trails, championing recycling in their schools, studying brook trout, & more!

Explore Maine

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp discount program.

Attend an Event

Find out about events NRCM is hosting or taking part in throughout Maine. Plan to attend!
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Get NRCM Gear, Baskets, & More

Get newly designed NRCM t-shirts (featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma), mugs, a black or khaki NRCM cap, totes, hand-crafted Passamaquoddy baskets, Atayne active apparel, & more.
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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? Download or request a copy of our “Reduce Your Use” brochure for tips about how to lessen your impact on the environment and save money by making simple changes to your daily habits such as grocery shopping, consumer purchases, cutting back on food and other waste such as plastic bags and food containers that take centuries to break down.

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.

Mount Katahdin

My Maine This Week: Sarah Rines

Fort Foster, Kittery

My Maine This Week: Betty OIivolo

red-bellied snake

My Maine This Week: Bob Fritsch

whitecap mountain

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Common Loon by Larry Mingledorff

My Maine This Week: Larry Mingledorff

Baxter State Park mountains photo by Sam Horine

My Maine This Week: Sam Horine

Stonington boat

My Maine This Week: Chris Hayes


My Maine This Week: Beth Comeau

Chipping Sparrow

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters


Sustain ME

A new feature to help you help the planet.

"Don't Let Good Food Go Bad" Fridge Magnet

Did you know that 40% of food produced ends up in landfills or left unharvested? Request a copy of our magnet to keep right on your fridge, with helpful tips to help you reduce the amount of food your household wastes each year. Learn the best place to keep your vegetables, your condiments, and other items to keep them fresh and usable.


Creature Feature: Harbor Seal

Did you know that the Portland Sea Dogs, a minor league baseball team, are named after the slang term for the harbor seal? And who could forget Maine's most famous harbor seal, Andre, who visited the coast each summer for many years. Learn more about this adorable Maine coast creature.