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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News and Noteworthy — June 2019

News & Noteworthy June 13, 2019 Here’s your latest round-up of news from the past week. Local Leadership on Plastics Continues It was a big election day for the environment in several towns, including Kennebunk, where voters overwhelmingly voted to ban balloon releases. This is in response to a campaign...

Bill Would Guarantee Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

NRCM news release June 13, 2019 – Land and water conservation projects nationwide would receive a big boost from a bipartisan bill introduced this week to guarantee full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the nation’s most important conservation programs. The bill, HR 3195, introduced...

Maine House Passes Ban on Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

NRCM news release June 3, 2019 (Augusta, ME) — The Maine House of Representatives today passed a bill (LD 955) to ban offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration in Maine’s ocean waters. In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Interior proposed to vastly expand offshore drilling and exploration, including...

Track Bills We’re Working on and Take Action

NRCM is following more than 200 bills that could affect Maine's environment this session. Bookmark and visit our Legislative Bill Tracking page to learn more about these pieces of legislation, read NRCM testimony, view latest action, and find out how you can get involved to protect the nature of Maine.

It's Time to Act on Solar

The Maine Legislature will vote this week on a comprehensive solar bill (LD 1711). This bill would create more than 550 jobs, lower barriers for commercial, municipal, and residential customers to invest in solar energy, and lower energy costs for all Mainers. Please take action and urge your legislators to support solar energy, by voting in support of LD 1711.

New Podcast: Climate Action in Maine

Maine is poised to take its most substantial action on climate change in over a decade by passing legislation to update our state’s climate action plan (last updated in 2004) and create Governor Mills’ climate council. Hear testimony about why this action matters and how Maine will benefit from Gov. Mills as well as the lead Republican bill sponsor, a lobsterman, and NRCM's Lisa Pohlmann.

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.

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Wowed by Warblers

In their latest “Birding with Jeff and Allison” post, these bird experts share awe-inspiring encounters (and gorgeous photos!) with a wide range and vast numbers of warblers currently migrating back to and through Maine. They also share a few hot spots you can visit to try to see these colorful little birds yourself!

Make a Change, Save Forests

Originally from Spain, Antonio Juárez Navarro is a sophomore at Fryeburg Academy who is interested in nature and filmmaking. A few weeks ago, he created a short film about forests and their importance to us. Watch his film and learn more in his guest blog post.

Students Explore Maine's Environment

This year, 10 Maine middle schools received NRCM grants to support their students' work studying Maine's environment. Read the latest updates from classes creating bee sanctuaries, studying alewives, planting trees, & more!

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map.
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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.

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My Maine This Week: Dave Small

Red squirrel Peggy Yaeger

My Maine This Week: Peggy Yaeger

My Maine This Week Rainbow Lake

My Maine This Week: Butch Moor

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My Maine This Week: Artwork by Mason, Age 6

American Woodcock by Dave Small

My Maine This Week: David Small

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

My Maine This Week: Callie Wronker

Cascade Falls by Aaron Rivard

My Maine This Week: Aaron Rivard

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My Maine This Week: Straws by Brian Skillings

My Maine This Week: Jennifer Dillon

My Maine This Week: Jennifer Dillon

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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.

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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.