About Natural Resource Services

Are you planning to build an addition, install a dock or clear trees on a property in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Connecticut?

Homeowners are often zealous when it comes to expanding their homes or building on their land, but it's essential that proper precautions are taken to protect the environment and work within state regulations when completing these projects. Luckily, NRS can make the process simple with our comprehensive delineation and permitting services.

Your Partner in Environmental Protection

Wetlands are a crucial part of the ecosystem here in New England. Not only do these water-saturated plots of land provide homes for an array of wildlife, but they are also instrumental in feeding local rivers, trapping floodwaters, maintaining groundwater levels and removing pollution from the environment.

For these reasons, regulatory agencies around the country have taken steps to protect wetlands and maintain their integrity. The zoning and permitting processes required to build near wetlands are often complicated and confusing. That's why homeowners, contactors and builders alike turn to NRS - so they can work with experienced professionals who can identify and preserve local wetlands while still pushing your project forward.

Experts that Understand Wetlands and Southern New England

Natural Resources Services, Inc. employs a team of experienced professionals who have the skills necessary to guide homeowners through the regulatory processes associated with construction projects both large and small.

Scott Rabideau, President and CEO at Natural Resource Services

Scott Rabideau

President and CEO

Scott founded Natural Resource Services in 1987 and has since acquired more than 30 years of experience working with properties around New England. As president of NRS, Scott oversees all of the client projects, regulatory applications and reporting, and follow-up work.

Education and Certifications

  • B.S. Natural Resource Science
  • M.S. Business Management
  • Professional Wetland Scientist #1410, Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Technical Service Provider, Wildlife Habitat Improvements, US Department of Agriculture
  • Environmental Subconsultant, Wetlands, RI Department of Transportation


  • Former State Representative, District 60, from 1995-2002
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, from 2014-Present
  • Legislative Commission, Freshwater Wetlands Act Review, from 2013-2015
  • The Wildlife Society - Investment Review Committee Member
  • Charter Member of the RI Association of Wetland Scientists
Edward Avizinis, VP and Wetland Biologist at Natural Resource Services

Edward Avizinis

Vice President and Wetland Biologist

Edward joined the NRS team in 2011 and has since become an invaluable asset to the business. Edward is charged with completing wetland delineations, habitat assessments, soil sampling, SAV surveys and other essential tasks.

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. Environmental Science
  • Class IV Soil Evaluator #D4083
  • Professional Wetland Scientist #2746, Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Certified Professional Soil Scientist, CPSS #343219
  • Certified Invasive Plant Manager #181 (CRMC)


  • Impact Travel - Board of Directors
  • Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England - Member
Carolyn, Wetland Biologist at Natural Resource Services

Carolyn Decker

Wetland Biologist

Carolyn is a wetland biologist who has provided NRS with her myriad technical and field skills since 2016. Carolyn performs wetland delineations, SAV surveys and other field activities. Carolyn also performs habitat data collection and mapping which are essential components of many permit applications.

Education and Certifications

  • B.A. Environmental Science
  • PADI Open Water Certified SCUBA Diver
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellow, from 2014 - 2015
Andrew, Technical Writer at Natural Resource Services

Andrew Gorman

Technical Writer

Andrew joined NRS in 2015 as a technical writer to convert field data into text that is accessible to both property owners and regulators. Andrew is responsible for preparing delineation reports, project narratives and other documents relative to the permitting process.

Education and Certifications

  • M.A. English
  • Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector #5033
Kayleigh Actis, Administrative Assistant at Natural Resource Services

Kayleigh Actis

Administrative Assistant

With a general studies degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and ten years of secretarial and graphics preparation experience, Kayleigh is an invaluable administrative asset and currently studying at URI.

  • Serves as assistant to the company president, and provides a wide variety of secretarial and GIS graphic tasks.
  • As the prime contact for all new and repeat business, recorded and directed telephone calls, messages, and in online traffic.
  • Entered and tracked all new job contracts, including use of QuickBooks accounting program.
  • Using ARCMap program, manipulated GIS data and drafting files in order to generate aerial photographs and related graphics.
  • Compiled necessary components for the successful submission of detailed application packages to the RI Department of Environmental Management, Office of Water Resources (DEM, OWR) and the RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC).