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

On This Green Earth, Utah Rivers Council Campaign Director Jon Carter talks about the return of the Rain Barrel Program, and why they are so important to those of us who live in a drought-impacted, high desert environment.

The Utah Rivers Council, in collaboration with Park City Municipal Corporation is once again offering Rain Barrels for sale starting April 6. 

The barrels will range in price between $50 and $75 and, be available for pickup beginning May 2. 

 

On This Green Earth, Flooding from rising seas is a present and increasing threat to coastal communities around the world. 

Oceanographer John Englander presents his new book: Moving to Higher Ground – Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward. In his first interview since the book launched, Englander talks with Chris and Nell about exploring how sea level rise will affect our ecosystems, our economies, our water supplies and our daily lives. 

His book also covers the strategies and adaptations required to tackle the inevitability of a rising sea.

On This Green Earth, Nathan Donley from the Center for Biological Diversity joins Nell and Chris to discuss a recent federal study which found 90% of streams sampled contain pesticides.   

Nathan will share the acute and chronic ecological impacts that are associated with this condition in our waterways. 

Birders around the world are rejoicing with the rediscovery of a bird that has not been seen for 180 years. 

The illusive Black-browed Babbler has been captured, photographed and then released back into the tropical forest of Borneo. 

Dr. John Mittermeier of the American Bird Conservancy talks with Nell and Chris about this unique feathered creature, its accidental capture, and why its rediscovery is so important to both birders and conservationists.   

Today on This Green Earth:

Sean Sublette from Climate Central is talking about last week’s record-breaking cold temps in the Midwest and Southern U.S.

Sublette will have answers about what role the jet stream played in this event, and the influences a warming planet can have on the jet stream.

Sublette also lets us know if we should expect more cold snaps like this, even as the planet warms.

Today on This Green Earth:

A fascinating conversation with Kim McCoy, an oceanographer and co-author of the book: Waves and Beaches: The Powerful Dynamics of Sea and Coast.

McCoy discusses the ongoing physical, chemical and biological impacts that rising sea levels are having on our beaches and coasts. 

On today's episode of This Green Earth:

Mary Farnsworth was recently named the Acting Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service.

Farnsworth addresses the responsibilities of this position and what the Intermountain Region faces with a new administration.

On today's episode of This Green Earth:

Nell and Chris welcome Jordan Clayton.

Clayton is the Data Collection Officer with Utah Snow Survey. He discusses the Survey's latest report on the state's climate and water, and provides a summary of the snow and reservoir conditions up through the end of January.

On this edition of This Green Earth:

Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher shares more about the transportation study going on  in Kimball Junction and how it may impact local conservation work.

On this edition of This Green Earth:

There is a fair amount of new information coming from the Biden-Harris administration regarding actions to tackle climate and environmental issues. Ken Rait of The Pew Charitable Trusts comes in to help us understand it all.

In this episode of This Green Earth Summit County’s new sustainability director Emily Quinton joins Nell and guest Co-Host Recycle Utah's Executive Director Carolyn Wawra to share a little bit about her background and the outlook for Summit County’s upcoming sustainability work.

In this episode on This Green Earth, Bob Deans, the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Director of Strategic Engagement, talks with Nell and guest Co-Host Recycle Utah's Executive Director Carolyn Wawra. Bob guides them through the first days of the Biden Administration – specifically what actions have been taken to protect the environment and address our changing climate. 

Dean also addresses other environmental priorities for the new administration’s first 100 days.

In this episode of This Green Earth Nell and guest Co-host Katy Wang speak with Sarah Woodbury, Communication and Outreach Director for Wild Utah Project.  With interest in volunteering on the rise, Wild Utah Project has a variety of opportunities for all seasons, including online volunteer projects.  From tracking rosy finches to reviewing camera trap footage, all projects are open to the public and training is provided.  

In this episode of This Green Earth Nell and guest co-host Katy Wang's guest is Nevada Legal Advocate Scott Lake for the Center for Biological Diversity.

  In this episode of This Green Earth, Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University talks about his new book:  The New Climate War - The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.  In the book, Prof. Mann outlines a plan for governments and corporations to make real and lasting change and, whether the Biden administration can champion this cause.

  

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