Head of Maine environmental group to step down

Posted June 03, 2010, at 11:55 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The longtime head of Maine’s largest environmental advocacy organization is stepping down after 26 years on the job.

Everett “Brownie” Carson announced Thursday that he will leave the Natural Resources Council of Maine later this year. He joined NRCM in 1983 and became its executive director the following year.

Carson, 62, has been a prominent voice on environmental issues and an advocate for Maine’s North Woods, its rivers, renewable energy and laws that protect the public from toxic substances. Under Carson’s leadership, NRCM has grown to about 12,000 members.

“Maine has consistently moved forward in protecting our landscape, our rivers,” he said. “No matter what the national political tone or dynamic has been, (people in Maine) have seen value of and importance of taking care of the natural resources that are so much a part of Maine.”

Carson said he plans to spend more time outdoors and with his family, while remaining active on environmental issues in Maine and nationwide.

Carson said he will stay on the job until a replacement is found. The NRCM board of directors has formed a search committee.

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