First in a two-part series on funding the environmental movement. Maine's first
First in a two-part series on funding the environmental movement. Maine's first environmental advocacy group, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, was founded with volunteers and a $37,000 budget in 1964, but now has a professional staff of 24 and revenues of $1.1 million. Professional environmentalists and regulators today are interested in broad issues of public policy and law that reach beyond single communities, which in some cases leads to a refusal to fund local causes. One highly visible local effort, the fight against the proposed coal-fired power plant in Bucksport, cost $250,000, and mainstream environmental groups and foundations wouldn't give a dime. Details, related article on citizen activists White Nichols of Wiscasset and Ed Sprague of Chain-of-Ponds.
Austin, Phyllis, "First in a two-part series on funding the environmental movement. Maine's first" (1994). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 860.