Nell Larson

Producer/ Co-Host

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Nell Larson has been the director of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter since 2013, but has been a co-host of This Green Earth since 2009.  Prior to her role as director at Swaner, Nell acted as Conservation Director, where she focused on the restoration and management of the 1,200 acre nature preserve, implementing projects geared toward stream restoration, water quality, wildlife habitat, and trails.  Nell grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Yale, as well as her master of Environmental Management with a focus in ecology at the Yale School of Forestry.  Outside of work, Nell loves to ski - both Nordic and alpine - sail, hike, travel, kickball, and generally take advantage of Utah's great outdoors.

Ways to Connect

Hosts Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak are joined by author Jana Richman to talk about her new book: Finding Stillness in a Noisy World. In a culture where every voice wants to be heard, Richman's essays asks us to put down our phones, pull out our earbuds and listen to the one "voice" that, many times, matters most - nature.    

Professor John Bailey from Oregon State University's Department of Forest Engineering Resources and Management joins This Green Earth.  The average number of wildfires great than 1,000 acres has roughly doubled since 1980. The conversation surrounds the size, frequency and intensity of western wildfires and the role of climate change on these conditions. 

In the second segment, Grace Garver with the Safe Climate Campaign talks about  the proposed rollback of fuel economy standards for U.S. trucks and automobiles. 

This Green Earth - August 7, 2018

Aug 7, 2018

Florida is experiencing the worst outbreak of both blue-green algae and red tide in decades.  The fresh water, blue green variety is impacting lakes, rivers, canals and wetlands throughout south Florida, while the salt water based red tide is impacting shorelines along the states southwest coast.  Today, Chris and Nell speak with Dr. Timothy Davis, an expert in the science of plankton ecology and what’s behind this biological one – two punch that is killing Florida’s marine life and harming humans as well.

Chris and Nell talk with D.R. Michel, Executive Director of the Upper Columbia United Tribes and he negotiations going on between the U.S. and Canada over the Columbia River Treaty. Although these tribes have depended on the Columbia River for clean water and salmon for the past 50-years, the Columbia River Treaty has excluded tribal participation in its tribal in its governance and implementation.  This year is no different and they asked Michel why this continues to occur.

Chris and Nell speak with David Nimkin, Southwest Regional Director of the National Parks Conservation Association about a bipartisan bill introduced by congress that would provide funding to repair aging infrastructure in America’s more than 4-hundred national park sites.  The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act would provide 5.2 billion dollars in dedicated funding to address the maintenance backlog.

In The past two weeks, more than two dozen pieces of legislation and policy initiatives designed to weaken the Endangered Species Act have been voted on in Congress or proposed by the White House.  Chris and Nell Speak with Rebecca Riley, staff attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council about these proposed bills and the impacts they would have to the ESA .

In this segment of the program, Luke Cartin with Park City Municipal and Chad Ambrose with Rocky Mountain Power talk about a joint venture they are involved with, one which provides LED lighting systems to local businesses.

The first guests are Clint McAfee and Michelle DeHaan, with Park City Municipal, and both involved in the plans to expand and upgrade Park City’s treatment and expansion of its potable water treatment system.

Kevin Emerson from Utah Clean Energy talks about the latest projects and programs at the UCE.

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