Last Thursday was a big day for the future of Maine’s North Woods. In the afternoon, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Salazar addressed a crowd of about 300 at the high school auditorium in Millinocket. The topic was Roxanne Quimby’s proposal for a national park on the 70,000 acres she owns along the East Branch 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birds & Berries on LMF’s Kennebunk Plains
Looking for a beautiful natural area to bring the family to this summer? Maine’s beaches are wonderful, and our mountains are spectacular. But how about some place you might not think of, some place unique and incredibly special, some place that also is a good reminder of why the Land for Maine’s Future program is Read More
Burning Questions: Some Thoughts on Firewood and the Environment, Part 2
My head is feeling better so I’m back blogging on firewood, picking up where I left off on Part 1 of this theme. Did anyone take a look at the Manomet Report? It concludes that using wood for heat (or for combined heat and electricity generation) is most likely to have a carbon benefit over Read More
Burning Questions: Some Thoughts on Firewood and the Environment, Part I
It’s already the end of July, and my last blog entry was in March. How did that happen? I meant to write a blog on woodcock and how cool they are when they return in the spring and do their courtship displays, but somehow that now seems out of date. Next year. Similarly, I thought I’d write Read More
NRCM Open Mic Night 2011
The Natural Resources Council of Maine hosted a night of music inspired by the environment May 11, 2011, at the Liberal Cup English-style pub in Hallowell, Maine. Music makers and music lovers enjoyed great music, great food, and great friends. The crowd also learned more about issues NRCM is working on at the State House Read More
State House Action Day 2011 Has Record-high Turn Out
Once a year, NRCM organizes a day for Maine citizens to come together at our office, to learn about policies that affect our land, air, water, and wildlife during in the legislative session, and to go together to the State House so they can speak to their representatives. Today we had the largest turnout ever Read More
Keep Maine’s Bottle Bill—My “3.5-cents” Worth on the Topic
Imagine our roadsides littered with cans and bottles again. Can’t? Neither can I, because Maine was one of the first states to pass a bottle bill back in 1976. NRCM was very involved with this initiative. Since then, Maine has achieved the highest beverage container recycling rate in the country at 90%. It has also Read More
A Feast—or Perhaps a Plague—of Frogs
A brief warning to readers before proceeding: this story could make you a bit queasy. Queasy doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt. I’ve never been a picky eater. My parents demanded that I eat everything on my plate, whatever it was. I remember as a kid dreading Easter dinner at my grandparents’ house Read More
My First Day of Duck Hunting – Ever!
It was seven years ago, and my first day of duck hunting didn’t go very well. It was a friend’s fault, I thought at the time, that I got into this mess. He first mentioned duck hunting to me on a warm summer evening fishing for stripers in Winslow. The striper fishing wasn’t very good, but Read More