UNCE specialist honored by landscaping association
Heidi Kratsch, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Western Area horticulture specialist, has been honored by the Nevada Landscaping Association (NLA) for her teaching efforts.
The focus of the association is to educate those in the landscaping and nursery business (known as the green industry). The group also works toward upholding responsible resource management for the beautification of Nevada.
The award is given once a year to a member of the association who exhibits excellence in educating its members and doing research that benefits them. Kratsch, who is on the board of directors of the NLA, conducts three different educational programs.
Kratsch’s Green Industry Training program provides new and experienced workers with information to help them succeed in their job. Another program, the Green Industry Continuing Education Series, is a free monthly noontime educational event that allows people in the green industry to get an hour of credit towards their certification. In addition, Kratsch’s Bio-plastic Pot Project looks at 30 different types of bio-plastic pots that biodegrade in the ground and determines which ones will work best in Nevada.
Pamela Bedard of NLA said Kratsch has helped many in Reno’s Green Industry.
"Her impact is huge," Bedard said. "With how things are going with the economy, it is harder for employers to send their employees to get certifications in the industry. Kratsch is instrumental in helping those people by offering free seminars so they can get certified."
Kratsch, who has been involved with the NLA since 2010, said she was was honored by the recognition.
"To me this award is validation from this group as an Extension professional that I am meeting their needs," Kratsch said. "It says that I am providing them with the researched-based information they need and links to other sources of information that is valuable."