Habitat Restoration & Management of New England's Natural Areas


Polatin Ecological Services, LLC

Chris Polatin, MS Manager & Habitat Restoration Specialist 

Land Stewardship, Inc. 

Chris Polatin, MS President & Ecological Restoration Specialist 

Joan Deely, MS Project Manager

Alex Krofta, MALD CR Stewardship Specialist

Andrew Morrison, MS Project Manager & GIS Specialist

Nick Cravedi, Crew Foreman

Nick was with PES for 6 years and now leads our Land Stewardship, Inc. contracting division.  Nick is an experienced arborist, wildland firefighter and machine operator.


  • S130/190 Fire Training
  • Game of Logging, Levels 1&2
  • Licensed pesticide applicator (MA,VT)
  • Invasive Plant ID
  • Invasive Plant Certification Program (UMASS Extension) 
  • GPS
  • Wetlands Identification
  • UMASS Extension Green School Arboriculture Track (2012)

Colin Mettey, Crew Leader

Colin is a graduate of Framingham State University, where he majored in Wildlife and Environmental Biology. He was an Atkinson Conservation Fellow at the New England Wild Flower Society, where he worked on sensitive area invasive plant control, botanical inventories, rare plant surveys. He conducted herpetological surveys at Nags Head Wood Ecological Preserve in North Carolina. His survey results are currently undergoing review for publication.


  • Licensed pesticide applicator (MA)
  • Invasive and native plant ID
  • Rare/endangered plant ID
  • GIS & GPS
  • Plant/animal survey methods
  • New England/Mid-Atlantic bird biology and identification