Protecting Maine's Environment

NRCM is a leader in protecting Maine's environment.

Since 1959, NRCM has worked statewide for clear air and water, healthy people and wildlife, protected forests, sustainable communities, and clean energy solutions and efficiency.

NRCM was created by Maine people, for the benefit of all who love Maine. Since 1959, NRCM has led efforts to keep Maine a special place. NRCM harnesses the power of science, the law, and the voices of more than 20,000 supporters from across Maine and beyond.

Today, NRCM has 27 staff members and is the state's leading organization working for safeguards that ensure the health of Maine’s land, air, waters, and wildlife. We continue to take on Maine's most pressing environmental threats – climate change pollution, inappropriate land development, food waste, risks to clean water resources. Keeping Maine a special place to live, work, and visit will remain at the heart of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Photo at right by Gerard Monteux

Conserving Maine's Environment

NRCM is a leader in conserving Maine's environment.

NRCM works to protect Maine’s natural areas and wild, undeveloped character, particularly in the North Woods. We support responsible land development and sustainable forest practices that protect sensitive ecosystems and wildlife. We work for increased public ownership of Maine lands, so future generations will know the Maine we love today.

Protection of Maine’s wilderness was one of the issues for which NRCM was founded in 1959. More than a half-century later, much progress has been made but major threats to Maine’s wild places continue.

We worked to establish the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument just east of Baxter State Park and continue our efforts to push for Land for Maine’s Future funding to acquire special places, watchdog Maine’s public lands and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. By weighing in on harmful development proposed in Maine’s North Woods, we helped stop the ill-conceived East-West Highway from being built and ensured a greatly scaled-back development proposed for Moosehead Lake.

Photo at left by Gerard Monteux

Restoring Maine's Environment

NRCM is a leader in restoring Maine's environment.

Clean, healthy waterways are vital to Maine's environment and our day-to-day lives. They help ensure safe drinking water, suitable habitat for fish and other wildlife, and recreational opportunities that make Maine a special place to live, work, and visit. NRCM is working hard to protect and restore Maine’s lakes, rivers, and streams, now and for generations to come.

But Maine's waterways face huge challenges. We defend safeguards for Maine’s clean, beautiful lakes when they come under attack. Our Community Tool Kits address plastics and other pollutants that cause problems in streams, rivers, and coastal waters.

Pollution is one issue; dams are another. Dams continue to choke waterways across the state; many of these are obsolete and harm fisheries resources that are worth far more than the small amount of power they generate.

One such dam was the Edwards Dam in the Kennebec River in Augusta. NRCM’s work with coalition partners to remove the Edwards Dam has become a national model for success. The Penobscot River Restoration Project is another shining success, completed in 2016, is already restoring extraordinary benefits for the wildlife and people of Maine.


Latest News about Maine's environment

NRCM is the largest source for news about Maine's Environment.

Two Portland Middle School Students Behind App Win Awards

By Tory Ryden, WCSH Staff WLBZ new story PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Lainey Randall and Addie Farmer know they live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and they share a mutual goal to keep the ocean around them as clean as possible. To that end,...

Katahdin Woods and Waters Leader Turns Attention to Portland’s Parks and Open Spaces

Lucas St. Clair, who led his family's effort to create the national monument, says the foundation he presides over will provide startup funds for a parks conservancy in Maine's largest city. by Dennis Hoey, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story The man who led his family’s long effort to...

Attorney General Says Maine Will Sue If EPA Rolls Back Auto Emissions Standards

by Mal Leary Maine Public news story Maine Attorney General Janet Mills told a national conference call that if the Environmental Protection Agency rolls back standards on greenhouse gas emissions from cars, several states, including Maine, are ready to sue. The current rules were adopted in January, and Mills said...

Developers Preparing Permitting Application for Massive Fairfield Solar Project

The proposed $30 million project that will keep the lights on in some 7,000 homes is expected to go on line in 2019. by Colin Ellis, Staff Writer Central Maine newspapers news story FAIRFIELD — Plans for what could become the largest solar farm in the state are progressing, as...

EPA’s Scott Pruitt’s Push to Roll Back Vehicle Emission Standards is a Disaster

Lowering the standards harms air quality, destabilizes the climate and is bad for Mainers. By Marina Schauffler Portland Press Herald op-ed As ineffectual as this president appears, his Cabinet members are stealthily orchestrating destructive changes. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is intent on subverting that agency’s mission. At the...

Outdoor Recreation Credited with $8.2 Billion Annual Impact on Maine’s Economy

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story From Maine’s lengthy coastline to its vast forest — and everywhere in between — the outdoor recreational economy is a major driver that injects $8.2 billion in spending to the state each year, according to a report released by the...

Administration Needs to Heed Katahdin Woods and Waters Supporters

Responses in the public comment period nearly unanimously endorse the national monument. by Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director of the Augusta-based Natural Resources Council of Maine Portland Press Herald op-ed AUGUSTA — In May, the Trump administration asked Americans to weigh in on the fate of 27 national monuments, including Katahdin...

Maine’s River Herring Making Dramatic Comeback, a Godsend for the Food Chain

With the path to inland spawning grounds clear, the species rebounds with unexpected speed, benefiting everything from bald eagles to Atlantic cod. By Colin Woodard, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story BATH — Motorists crossing the bridge over the Kennebec this spring and early summer were afforded dramatic views...

40th Anniversary of a Billboard-free Maine

WCSH-6 TV news story (NEWS CENTER) — Forty years ago Thursday, Maine Gov. James B. Longley signed into law an act that eventually removed about 8,500 roadside advertising billboards across the state. Maine was the second state in America after Vermont in 1968 to ban off-premises billboards, according to the...