NRCM Names New Leadership to Succeed Brownie Carson; Pohlmann Takes the Helm the End of the Month


By Carol McCracken  (Post # 681)

The Natural Resources Council of Maine just announced that its has picked its next leader to run the highly-respected voice of Maine’s environmentalists; she is Lisa Pohlmann, a resident of Jefferson which is located about 20 miles from Augusta.  Pohlmann will begin her duties at the end of the month when Brownie Carson, long-time executive director steps down from the post.

 Pohlmann is considered the best choice for this position as she has a long time commiment to protecting the ” state’s natural resources as well as a deep understanding of the role of the environment in our economic, social and cultural life in Maine,” according to a press release issued yesterday by William M. Houston, President of the Board of Directors.

 Pohlmann served on the board for seven years, including two as president.  She became deputy director in 2008 and quickly earned the respect of the staff and board alike. Her work as NRCM board president enabled her to step smoothly into the position of deputy director where she managed the 23 member staff of the non-profit which is over 50 years old.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead NRCM, its staff and the board network of citizens from all walks of life that are committed to protecting the nature of Maine,” says Pohlmann.  “Our health and happiness depend upon clean air, clean water and the opportunity to experience unspoiled natural beauty.  Maine’s economy also relies upon both the sustainable use and the conversation of our natural resources.  MRCH has been a leader in cleaning up our rivers, protecting the treasure of our great North resources.   We will move forward to address the enormous environmenal challenges we face and to prevent rollbacks of environmental protections.  I am eager to worth with others throughout the state on this shared mission,” said Pohlmann.

Pohlmann has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service, Portland,  where she’s also working on her doctorate.

The NRCM hosts the now annual Polar Bear Dip held on the Hill’s East End Beach.  Please see post #675, dated December 31st herein for more information.  It’s a fundraiser as well as an opportunity to raise awareness about global warming.

The NRCM is located at 3 Wade Street, Augusta.  04330  For more information, please contact Judy Berk at