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

Dr. Miriam Goldstein, Director for Ocean Policy with the Center for American Progress, joins Chris and Nell on this week's This Green Earth to talk about the impacts that climate change is having on the physical, chemical and biological components of our oceans and the solutions we can adopt to mitigate this damage, particularly on a federal level.   


Last week, A federal judge overturned the Trump administration’s plan to lease more than 60,000 acres of public land for fracking in northern Utah’s Uintah Basin, including areas near Dinosaur National Monument.  The judge ruled that the Bureau of Land Management violated the law by refusing to consider alternatives to leasing all 59 parcels.  Taylor McKinnon, a senior campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity joins Chris and Nell on this week's This Green Earth to talk about this decision and what the Biden administration

In this episode of  This Green Earth the guest is Emily Billow, a Park City native, who wrote, produced and directed a documentary about air pollution and environmental injustice.  In this case, the low income communities located amongst the Port of Long Beach, oil refineries and busy freeways.  Local residents have taken matters into their own hands, facing an apathetic government and powerful corporations in their fight for environmental justice.   Emily Billow talks about her Senior Thesis documentary at the USC Film School:  

In this episode of This Green Earth Nell and Chris talk with John Mecklin the editor in chief of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists . He talks about the Doomsday clock and the roll that climate change plays in its calculation.

Last week the Department of the Interior completed it's efforts to effectively remove critical protections within the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a 100 year old law that has protected thousands of bird species and millions of birds from human and industrial harm. Alison Holloran, the executive director of Audubon Rockies and Vice President of the National Audubon Society joins Chris and Nell on this week's This Green Earth, to talk about the MBTA, the removal of "incidental taking" and what the Biden administration might be able to do to prevent the proposed Trump changes from being enacted.

In this episode of This Green Earth Dr. Kimberly Warner, a senior scientist with Oceana talks about a report released last week, the non-profit research institution, Oceana, found evidence that nearly 1,800 animals from 40 different species of aquatic and bird life are ingesting plastic and becoming entangled in rope, nets and other material made of it.  An amazing 88% of these species are listed within the Endangered Species Act.  Dr.

In this episode of This Green Earth Jenny Rowland Shea, a senior policy analyst with the Center for American Progress, talks about the  leases now available in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In this episode of This Green Earth  Jeff Bousson with Utah Clean Energy shares the latest energy efficiency programs and activities offered by Summit Community Power Works.  

In this episode of This Green Earth Jordan Clayton, Data Collection Officer with the NRCS talks about the  November Water and Climate Report.  The 2021 water year is off to a poor start in Utah’s Valley locations, with most basins recording no accumulated precipitation during the month of October.  In fact, almost 30% of the state is in the Exceptional Drought or worse category, according to the

In this episode of This Green Earth Sam Ricketts, Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress talks about actions to combat the climate crisis. A new column by the Center for American Progress titled:  “State Climate Leadership Is Coming to the Nation’s Capital in 2021” shows how voters elected U.S. House of Representatives and U.S.

In this episode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell talk with  Janice Gardner  from the Wild Utah Project. The non-profit Wild Utah Project is once again hosting the Black Rosy-finch Project.  Rosy-finches are one of the least-studied birds in North America and Wild Utah is looking for volunteers to help count these birds during this upcoming winter. 

This episode of This Green Earth features Amaroq Weiss, Senior West Coast Wolf Advocate from the Center for Biological Diversity.

In this episode of This Green Earth, Matthew Bishop, an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center talks about the Trump Administration's decision last week to not provide protection to wolverines under the Endangered Species Act.  Once numbering in the thousands, there are now fewer than 300 wolverines remaining in the contiguous U.S.  He'll explain why his group is filing a lawsuit against the administration's decision. 

In this episode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell are joined by environmental professor and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Gary Yohe. Dr. Yohe talks about the influence climate change is having on the record-breaking wildfires occurring in Colorado and the Pacific West Coast.  Professor Yohe has been writing about Climate Change since the mid-80's so he'll also share how the predictions made back then are holding up almost four decades later.

In this epsiode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell talk with Dr.