This week, the Legislature will consider a fossil fuel pre-emption bill that would strip Maine’s communities of their ability to set policies that improve health, lower energy costs for residents, and tackle climate change with the urgency it requires. This bill would set back the progress we’ve made in creating new jobs from the state’s Read More
Nature of Maine Blog
The Natural Resources Council of Maine’s “Nature of Maine” blog gives you the inside scoop on some of the latest issues facing Maine’s environment. From environmental news to threats to opportunities, NRCM is on the frontlines of the latest goings-on—and we’re often leading the charge on efforts to protect Maine’s precious lands, air, waters, and wildlife. Read what NRCM staff members have to say and get the perspective of some of our members and supporters who have been guest contributors.
Perhaps you have an issue you’d like to write about. Maybe you’re an expert on a particular topic and are inspired to share your expertise. Maybe you’ve recently made a visit to a spectacular Maine nature preserve or other natural area and would like to write about it (captioned photos welcome!). For submission guidelines, email email@example.com.
The ASMR of Forest Bathing
Have you ever found yourself out in the woods and noticed a deep sense of feeling fully present in your body, the moment, and your surroundings? Some examples include: your heart beating in your ears, hands and legs scraping against rock, as you pull yourself over the crux, followed by a whisper of gratitude to Read More
Maine Trails Madness
All the votes have been counted and we have our Maine Trails Madness Champion….Katahdin! Thank you to everyone who joined the fun this March. In literally every corner of the state, trails are a valued resource for connecting Maine people and visitors with the natural world and reaching destinations to work and play. NRCM supports Read More
Bird Songs: More to Them Than What We Thought?
The temperature was skin-numbing. Even the slightest ripple of wind cut our lungs like fire. And yet, the birds sang. Sure, the sun was shining. The sky was brilliant blue. But the temps were so freakily cold that our little dog Loki, despite double layers of sweaters, would get just a short walk, for the Read More
Ski for Free in Norway ME
Amidst a winter defined by weather variability, we chose the perfect window to get out to Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway, Maine, for a day of cross-country skiing. A light snowfall and just-sub-freezing temperatures transported us into a winter wonderland the likes of which can be replicated only rarely these days. I’ve long been an Read More
Essential Climate Action for Maine: 100% by 2040
Earlier this week, in her State of the Budget address Governor Mills called on Maine to set a new goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2040. With the impacts of climate change already threatening our communities and the high costs of oil and gas hitting Mainers’ pocketbooks, it’s clear Maine must transition quickly to Read More
Integrated Grid Planning for Maine
In early February, Maine’s utility watchdog held the first in a series of public workshops, part of a new participatory approach to planning the future of Maine’s electric grid, called “integrated grid planning.” The stakes are high for Maine. If we do this poorly, utilities’ interests will continue to dominate, resulting in high costs to Read More
Critter Chatter — Flying Rodents? Part 2
As a follow-up to last month’s article about the flying squirrel at Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center, I wanted to share some information I found from my online research. January’s column included a general overview from articles written by Carleen Cote several years ago, but I was curious about their habitat, diet, family structure, etc. Read More
More Transportation Choices for Mainers
Cars and trucks can get us to many places, but a system designed around personal vehicles comes with a host of problems. Cars are expensive to maintain, polluting, and dangerous, and the system of roads needed to support them is in constant need of repair, which puts a burden on local communities and taxpayers. We Read More