Natural Resources Council of Maine


Mission Statement

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine’s environment, now and for future generations. For more than 60 years, the Natural Resources Council of Maine has been protecting the places and way of life that make Maine so special. We work statewide to—
  • Protect the health of Maine’s rivers, lakes, streams, and coastal waters;
  • Promote sustainable communities through initiatives that reduce toxics pollution and waste;
  • Decrease air and climate-changing pollution through energy efficiency and renewable sources;
  • Conserve Maine lands and wildlife habitat, including our treasured North Woods; and
  • Defend the federal environmental policies and programs that help protect Maine.
NRCM harnesses the power of the law, science, and the voices of more than 25,000 supporters statewide and beyond.


During the past half-century, there have been many big victories for Maine's environment thanks to the hard work and commitment of NRCM members, our staff of nearly 30 (including science and policy experts), and our partners.
Some of those successes include: the protection of the Allagash River; removal of the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Augusta; the restoration of Maine's largest river, the Penobscot; a law banning billboards on roadsides; passage of Maine's most successful recycling program, the Maine Bottle Bill; establishment of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument; passage of the strictest statewide mining law in the United States; a ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers, and passage of a bill that encourages community solar power.

Program Details

NRCM's work focuses on five broad program areas: Climate and Clean Energy, Healthy Waters, Forests and Wildlife, Sustainable Maine, and Federal issues. NRCM also has a strong young adult professionals outreach component: NRCM Rising.
We actively monitor the Maine State Legislature and executive branch for bills and policies, including potential policies, that pertain to issues in those categories. NRCM staff regularly submits comments to both legislative committees and executive agencies promoting the organization's interests. Legislative activism is a central aspect of NRCM's operation and mission.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
3 Wade Street
Augusta, ME 04330-6351
United States
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