REMINDER! Polar Bear Plunge at East End Beach; 12/31 – Brownie Carson, Executive Director of NRCM Takes the Noontime Plunge As Well!


Holiday Decorations on the Hill

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 358)

More than 20 hardy souls have signed up to take a bone-chilling plunge at  the East End Beach on Thursday, December 31 at noon.  The event is hosted by the Natural Resources Council of Maine.  The purpose of the plunge is to support the work that the NRCM does in reducing global warming pollution here in Maine.  Each entry is asked to raise at least $50. in support of the event.  Perhaps you can attend the plunge in order to cheer on the brave souls who’ve agreed to plunge in what will probably be frigid temps on Thursday.

One of the plungers is Brownie Carson, executive director of the 50 year old NRCM.  In his twenty-six years at the helm of the organization, the popular Carson has elevated this envronmental organization to national prominence.  During his tenure, Carson has been instrumental in seeing that some of state’s “first-in-the-nation” environmental laws were passed.

The 61 year old Carson under the auspices of the NRCM has led the way in protecting Maine’s treasured northern forest from the region’s latest threat, large-scale land speculation and development.  He has worked to protect the Greenville-Moosehead Lake region from massive development.  Under his leadership, NRCM was the first conservation organization to voice opposition to the Seattle-based Plum Creek Real Estate Investment Trust massive development in Maine’s north woods.   Carson, who is an attorney,  lives with his family in Brunswick.

The East End Beach was chosen as the site of this second NRCM plunge “because of its central location to Maine’s largest population in the greater Portland area,” said Stacie Haines of NRCM.  For more information, please email her at