Take Action for Maine's Environment

The Natural Resources Council of Maine will help you take action at a moment's notice on issues related to the protection of Maine's air, land, waters, and wildlife. Here are some ways to get involved, and some tools to help:

  • Sign up for NRCM's Action Network to receive emails when your action is needed to protect the nature of Maine.
  • Click on items below to take action via our online system (your emails will be sent to the correct elected officials based on your address information).
  • Contact Maine's Congressional delegation to make your voice heard on issues being discussed in Washington, DC, that affect Maine's environment.

Take Action at the Maine Legislature

During the legislative session, there are many opportunities to speak out at public hearings on bills related to Maine's environment. Visit our bill tracking page to see a full list of upcoming public hearings, and then join us virtually in 2021 to speak out in support of Maine's air, land, water, and wildlife. During the 2021 legislative session, all public hearings will be held online. Visit our Take Action Toolkit for tips on how to be involved.

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Kennebec River in Skowhegan. Photo by Sam Horine

Testify at Public Hearing on Kennebec River Management Plan

Monday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Atlantic salmon are on the brink of dying out in the Kennebec River because of Brookfield Renewables’ four dams between Waterville and Skowhegan. At the request of Brookfield and some of its allies, Maine's Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is holding a public hearing on its Kennebec River Management Plan amendment on Monday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. The hearing will be virtual and take place on Microsoft Teams.

To testify at the hearing: Visit DMR's website at www.maine.gov/dmr/news-details.html?id=4197519 to learn more about the hearing. Then register at this link before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 14 in order to ensure that you will have an opportunity to testify. Please note: if you registered to speak at the hearing when it was scheduled for February 16, you must re-register in order to testify at this rescheduled hearing on March 15.

Stop Filling Maine's Landfills with
Out-of-State Waste

Tell Maine state legislators to vote to close a loophole in state law that currently allows toxic out-of-state waste to fill up our State-owned landfills. This current practice threatens sites of historical, cultural, and spiritual significance for the Penobscot Nation, neighboring residents, and Penobscot River and Bay, and it must be stopped.

Photo by Richard Flanagan

Help Restore Endangered Atlantic Salmon to the Kennebec River

Atlantic salmon are on the brink of dying out in the Kennebec River. We need your help to restore the lower Kennebec and save this iconic Maine species. Please click the button to email your comments in support of the Department of Marine Resources' new Kennebec River Management Plan Amendment. Deadline for comments: March 27

Tumbledown Mountain in Western Maine, a Land for Maine's Future site. Photo by Bill Amos.

Tell the Maine Legislature to Support Land for Maine's Future and State Parks

Sign our petition in support of funding for the Land for Maine's Future program and Maine's State Parks. Over the last 30 years, LMF has helped permanently protect more than 600,000 acres in all 16 Maine counties, supporting a wide range of uses from hiking and birding to farming and fishing. This year, the Legislature is considering a bond package to provide funding for LMF and our State Parks that face a $50 million maintenance backlog.

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Act Now: A New Era for Climate Action

Add your name to our petition to Senators Susan Collins and Senator Angus King in support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s plans for strengthening our economy and protecting our health with bold climate action.

Support Recycling Reform for Maine

Join our movement to reform recycling in Maine, make it more efficient, and reduce the burden on taxpayers. We’re calling on lawmakers to adopt a solution that is used around the world to make corporations share in the cost of delivering recycling programs. Sign our petition for an “extended producer responsibility for packaging” law. Learn more about the details.