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About Us

Incorporated in 1994, Western Botanical Services, Inc. (WBS) provides consulting services to private and public entities in need of erosion control, revegetation, ecological restoration expertise, wetland delineations, and botanical and soil surveys. WBS provides pre-project surveys, 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 construction of large, complex projects. WBS is a Certified Small Business and a Certified DBE in California and Nevada. Julie Etra, MS, CPESC, President of WBS, also serves as a Director for the Western Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) 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. With a career spanning over 34 years, she has won 15 awards for project designs from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Washoe County, NV, and the IECA.

WBS is pleased to continue collaboration with EM Strategies, a WestLand Resources, Inc., company which expands our capabilities to include NEPA/CEQA analysis; wildlife surveys; cultural surveys and analysis; and GIS mapping. Kris Kuyper, M.S., CPESC, CESSWI Biology Program Lead, has 16 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, energy efficiency projects, and stormwater management. 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 24 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

Presentations

  • 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”

 

Affiliations

IECA

WCIECA

CPESC

IECA Iberoamerica Chapter

Clients

Auerbach Engineering

Booth Creek/Northstar

Brown and Caldwell

Cardno

CDM Smith (should be a space)

Corona Land Management

City of Reno

City of South Lake Tahoe

Copachisa

Design Workshop

EM Strategies

Farr West

L.A. Studios

Lumos and Associates, Inc.

Northwest Hydraulics Inc.

Northstar Community Services District

Pediment Gold 

Roger Poff and Associates

South Tahoe Public Utility District

Stantec

Truckee River Watershed Council

Washoe County Department of Parks and Open Space

Westland Resources

Wildscape Engineering

Ziegler Engineering

Client Testimonials

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.
CPESC, CISEC, CIT

 

I have worked with Western Botanical Services and Julie Etra on numerous projects for over 20 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