The Natural Resources Council of Maine kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration Friday with a “Be Bold in the Cold” polar bear plunge into the Gulf of Maine at Portland.
The environmental advocacy group plans 49 more anniversary events in 2009, one for each year that its members have functioned as voices of conscience for Maine’s natural splendors.
The enduring beauty of Maine’s landscape pays homage to the NRCM’s vision and half-century of hard work. The state’s rivers and air are cleaner as a result of the nonprofit group’s stalwart, sometimes controversial, promotion of pollution-control initiatives.
As business and community leaders better comprehend and embrace the importance of “quality of place” as a pillar of Maine’s economic future, they build upon a concept for which the NRCM was an early and energetic champion: Protecting the environment benefits the economy.
Led for more than two decades by Brunswick resident Everett “Brownie” Carson, the 12,000-member Natural Resources Council of Maine merits hearty congratulations on reaching the 50-year mark.