About Us

Founded in 1992, Western Botanical Services, Inc. (WBS) specializes in consulting services to private and public entities requiring expertise in erosion control, revegetation, ecological restoration, wetland delineations, and botanical surveys. WBS provides project design, construction management, and post-construction monitoring services. WBS associates include engineers, hydrologists, botanists, landscape architects, soil scientists, material suppliers, and contractors, giving us the capacity to design and oversee large complex projects. WBS is a Certified Small Business and a Certified DBE in California and Nevada.

Julie Etra, CPESC, President and Founder serves as a Director for the Western Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association and is an on-going contributor to conference proceedings. She has published numerous articles in Erosion Control, EC and Land and Water magazines. Articles focus on innovative soil restoration techniques and plant establishment. She has won over 15 awards for project designs and contributions for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Washoe County, IECA, and IECA IberoAmerica.



WBS is pleased to continue collaboration with EM Strategies, Inc., which expands our capabilities to provide assistance with the NEPA/CEQA process and documentation; wildlife surveys; cultural analysis; and GIS mapping. Kris Kuyper, CPESC, Biology Program Manager at EM Strategies, Inc., has 14 years of experience as an environmental consultant and 13 years managing projects for nonprofit and government agencies. She has demonstrated success in proposal writing, project management and administration, field data collection and analysis, and report production. In addition to ecological restoration projects, she has worked on water quality, low impact development, and energy efficiency projects. As a consultant, she planned, managed, and conducted botanical and wildlife field surveys (baseline, monitoring, special status species, noxious weed, and reclamation release) in Nevada and California. She has also prepared NEPA and CEQA documents, and “Waters of the U.S.” assessments. Ms Kuyper and Ms Etra have collaborated on numerous projects over the last 22 years.

Awards & Certifications

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA)

‘Best in Basin’ Awards:

  • 2015 TRPA Best in Basin Bijou Area Erosion Control Project:  Environmental Improvement Program/Public Project Category

  • 2012 Upper Truckee River Middle Reach Restoration Project

  • 2012 Van Sickle State Park

  • 2009 Third Creek Restoration Project

  • 2006 B Line Phase 3 Restoration Project

  • 2005 Park Avenue Water Quality Improvement Project

  • 2004 Kingsbury Village Erosion Control Project

  • 2004 Upper Truckee River and Wetland Restoration Project (Cove East)

  • 2001 Snow Creek Stream and Wetland Restoration Project

  • 2001 Carnelian Bay Lake Access and Resource Enhancment Project

  • 1995 Kings Beach Lakefront Enhancement Project

  • 1990 Pioneer Trail Erosion Control Project

  • 1989 Residential Landscaping, home of Ralph Peer


Other Awards

  • 2014 Technical Paper and Presenter of the Year, IECA

  • 2008 Sustained Contributor Award, IECA’s highest recognition

  • 2001 Certificate of Appreciation Floodplain Management Association

  • 2000 Washoe County Award of Distinction Third Creek Stream Environment Zone Restoration

  • 1983 Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society membership award


  • 2014 CICES VII Antigua Guatemala  “El Uso del Vetiver para cercas vivas y el control de la erosión en el estado de Oaxaca, México”

  • 2014 UNED San Jose, Costa Rica (two papers)

  • 2015 Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference, Sydney Australia “The Use of Vetiver for Hedgerows and Erosion Control in the State of Oaxaca, México”






IECA Iberoamerica Chapter



Auerbach Engineering

Booth Creek/Northstar

Brown and Caldwell

Cardno Entrix



Corona Land Management

City of Reno

City of South Lake Tahoe


Design Workshop

Farr West


Lumos and Associates, Inc.


Nichols Consulting Engineers

Northstar Community Services District


R.O. Anderson Engineering

Roger Poff and Associates

South Tahoe Public Utility District


Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Truckee River Watershed Council

Washoe County Department of Parks and Open Space


Ziegler Civil Engineering

Client Testimonials

I am submitting a letter of support and recommendation for Julie Etra, Western Botanical Services, Reno, NV. As an employee of a local planning agency, I am not able to publicly do so, but as a private individual and business owner I do so. I have known Julie for many years as we worked together for the U.S. Forest Service in the Lake Tahoe Basin. I know Julie to be extremely professional in all aspects of her business dealings and highly competent in her technical knowledge of stream restoration and native plants. She has a long list of successful projects to her credit and is always eager and willing to explore innovative approaches to restoration and environmental improvement.
It has been and continues to be a pleasure to work with Julie!


Rita Kelley
Kelley’s Treeland and Snow Removal


We consider Julie Etra with Western Botanical Services a cutting edge specifier. She stays on top of new technology and is very passionate about the erosion control industry. I had the privilege of serving on the International Erosion Control Association board where she serves as the International Vice President. Kelley Erosion Control always appreciates when owners hire Julie to write the erosion control revegetation specifications because we know that they will be appropriate for the site and written by one of the best in our industry.


Claudia J. Chambers
Kelley Erosion Control, Inc.


I have worked with Western Botanical Services and Julie Etra on numerous projects for over 10 years. She enthusiastically looks at each project with a fresh approach applying the latest technology and cost effective solutions to revegetation specifications.

Barb Santner, ASLA