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

During the second segment of This Green Earth, Kelly Nokes, an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, joined Chris and Nell to discuss the use of "cyanide bombs" or M-44 devices used to poison native wild predators such as coyotes on public land as well as private property. Kelly shared the current legal status of these and proposed legislation to discontinue their use.  

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris learned about the Wasatch Wildlife Watch, a massive citizen science effort using camera traps to gather data about wildlife in the Wasatch Front and how they are impacted by humans. Dr. Mary Pendergast from Wild Utah Project, and Austin Green with the University of Utah joined Chris and Nell to share the details and how listeners can get involved as volunteers.

During today's show, Nell and Chris spoke with Daisy Fair, Manager of Copper Moose Farm, about the upcoming 2019 season and the open house on Saturday that will kick it off.  Daisy also discussed the subtleties of organic and biodynamic growing and shared some of the best practices used at the farm.  She also shared the news that Copper Moose Farm is now home to a rookery of Great Blue Herons.  

In the second half of the program, author John Ross talks about his new book:  THE PROMISE OF THE GRAND CANYON: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West.

Today on This Green Earth, a study on wild bees.   A groundbreaking two-year study in southern Oregon found greater abundance and diversity of wild bees in areas that experienced moderate and severe forest fires compared to areas with low-severity fires.   

In This special "Best Of" edition of This Green Earth,  Chris and Nell speak with author Earl Swift  who discusses how the rising ocean is slowly making a unique island in the Chesapeake Bay disappear, making it's 400 residents the first possible climate change refugees in America. 

In a special "Best Of" edition of This Green Earth, the first part of the program features how climate change is threatening America's National Parks, especially in the west. Chris and Nell visit with author Stephen Nash.

The third and final guest was Naomi Smith a sophomore at Park City High School, who gave a recap of the student-led Climate Strike at the Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, why she attend, and what she intends to do next.

The second guest on the show was Lauren Lockey, giving an overview of local non-profit Sage Mountain Rescue and their work providing sanctuary to rescued farm animals and educating about the impacts of eating meat and animal mistreatment.

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris were joined by Kirk Wallace Johnson, the author of The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century.  They learned the story of the 20 year old flautist Edwin Rist, who committed one of the most unusual crimes of the 21st century by stealing 299 bird skins from the British Natural History Museum.  This theft destroyed an important ecological record gathered by Darwin's peers, disturbing an entire portion of the earth's evolutionary record.  Listen in to learn why and how he did this, and the fate of these i

During the second half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Summit Community Gardens about their upcoming season full of programs for youth and adults as well demonstration gardens and community garden plots available to the public.  

On April 9th, Chris and Nell spoke with Julia Case, University of Utah Sustainability Major and board member of the Sustainability Board at the University.  She shared the upcoming Earth Week events being offered at the U, including a lecture by Dr. Arlene Blumm on Environmental Health, drawing lessons from her vast mountaineering experience.  

During the second half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Luke Cartin with Park City Sustainability Department.  Luke gave an in-depth review of House Bill 411, a bill that enables communities to go 100% renewable by 2030, and is the first of its kind in the Nation. Luke also covered other sustainability related legislation related to plastic bag bans, idling, and air quality.    

During the first half of the show, Chris and Nell spoke with Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist with the National Weather Service, for a quarterly update on all things weather, climate, and water.  Brian gave a recap of the precipitation this winter and an outlook for the coming spring.

During the second half of This Green Earth, Nell and guest co-host Katy Wang bring it local with Park City Sustainability Department's Celia Peterson.  Celia provides information on the upcoming Park City Living Future Symposium, which poses the question: What if every act of design and construction made the world a better place?  Celia shares how listeners can get involved with this vision of buildings and communities and gives a sneak peek of upcoming events in Park City's My Sustainable Year series.  

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