About Samara Restoration

Established in 2009, Samara Restoration is dedicated to restoring native ecosystems of the northern California bioregion. We value the practice and discipline of ecological restoration as tools to repair our ailing natural systems and a means toward achieving a sustainable landscape.

Our team has experience with ecological restoration in a wide variety of applications for degraded habitats of any scale. In addition, we encourage use of native plants to create functional landscapes which are aesthetic to our clients and support wildlife habitat. Our Design, Grow, Build business model assures our clients we will manage your project from seed to fruition.

Our team

Eric Johnson
Eric JohnsonPrincipal, Senior Project Manager
Eric is a co-owner of Samara Restoration and has over twenty years of experience working within the ecosystems of northern California. With a master’s degree in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University, Eric advocates for community development and ecologial balance in our bioregion. He provides design and planning services for restoration and native residential/commercial landscaping projects. Eric is responsible for bid estimates and managing a wide array of projects which serve private land owners, schools, non-profit organizations, local, state, tribal, and federal agencies.
 Josh Koepke
Josh KoepkePrincipal, Project Manager
Josh is the co-owner of Samara Restoration and is responsible for the nursery operations and restoration projects. He has a degree in Wildlife Biology and has extensive experience in the fields of ecological restoration, wildlife biology, vegetation management, horticulture, and sustainable landscape design/installation. Josh has worked on landscape related projects throughout California for public schools, private ranches, homeowners, architects, and government agencies.
Troy Perez
Troy PerezNursery Production Manager
Troy Perez is the co-owner of Samara Restoration and is responsible for leading day to day nursery technician operations. Troy has ten years of native plant horticulture experience and has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University.
 Jeff Rockefeller
Jeff RockefellerProject Foreman/Equipment Operator
Rocky has worked for Samara since 2012 and brings an extensive skillset to our landscape construction. He is a Project Foreman responsible for field crew supervision and is our lead equipment and hydroseed operator. Efficiency and communication are his strong points which contribute to successful project completion. Rocky is experienced in all aspects of erosion control and implementing the most effective Best Management Practices for the project.
 Traci Zelles
Traci ZellesOffice Manager
Traci supports the administrative aspects of Samara Restoration including payroll, accounts receivables, accounts payables, vendor account management, policy development, client communications, and fiscal controlling. Traci owned and operated her own retail business for ten years and has been a great asset to the Samara team. Traci enjoys the outdoors and especially our local native plants and birds.
Anne Marie Walendy
Anne Marie WalendyNursery Sales Manager
With degrees in Horticulture and Agricultural Sciences, Anne Marie has over 20 years’ experience working in the horticultural industry including owning and operating her own vegetable farm for 8 years. Her enthusiasm for native plants, deep appreciation of nature, and experience with the cultivation of nursery stock and greenhouse production make her a valuable member of the nursery team. She enjoys working with members of the plant community and is excited to help develop the nursery in new directions, offering more to the retail market.
Haleigh Holgate
Haleigh HolgateNursery Technician
Haleigh’s passion is embedded in restoring ecosystems and rekindling a sustainable coexistence between land and human. Through her studies at Humboldt State University, she developed an understanding of coastal and inland California landscapes. She graduated with a BS in Environmental Science with a focus in Ecological Restoration. As a nursery technician, Haleigh provides assistance with plant propagation, plant orders, quality control, and general maintenance around the nursery.
Asher Budnik
Asher BudnikRestoration Technician
Asher is a Restoration Technician at Samara Restoration and supports us in all levels of our restoration/landscape construction services. His educational background is in forestry with an emphasis in restoration. His enthusiasm and familiarity with local plants and ecology make Asher a great asset to our company.
 Christina Cortez
Christina CortezLead Propagation Specialist/Nursery Technician
Christina focuses on the collection, processing, tracking, and propagation of seed at the Samara Restoration native plant nursery. She has a degree in Rangeland Science and Wildland Soils from Humboldt State University and has strong plant identification skills. Christina also works as a nursery technician supporting all aspects of the nursery production.
Veronica Farber
Veronica FarberRestoration Specialist
Veronica graduated from HSU with a BS degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in ecological restoration. She is supporting Samara Restoration by implementing vegetation monitoring, report writing, assisting with project management, and client communications. Her passion for nature, restoring landscape ecosystems, and working outdoors makes Veronica a great addition to our team.

Our Services


Designs for residential landscapes and restoration projects with an emphasis on ecological function and sustainability.

About Design


Our nursery offers project specific contract growing and on-hand inventory of a wide selection of California native species.

About Growing


As licensed contractors, we provide landscape construction services for residential and large-scale restoration projects.

About Building

Clients We’ve Worked With

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