Carson Retires After 26 Years 

The longtime head of Maine’s largest environmental advocacy group is stepping down after 26 years on the job.Everett “Brownie” Carson, 62, says he’ll leave the Natural Resources Council of Maine later this year.He joined the organization in 1983 and became its executive director the next year.He’s been a prominent voice on environmental issues and an advocate for Maine’s north woods, its rivers, renewable energy and laws protecting people from toxins.Carson said he plans to spend more time outdoors and with his family while remaining active on environmental issues in Maine and nationwide.