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

Natural Gas Flaring

In this episode of  This Green Earth it's all about the greenhouse gases:  methane and carbon dioxide.  Last week, a Wyoming District Judge struck down a rule regulating the practice of venting and flaring methane natural gas from oil and natural gas extraction systems. The decision now allows the fossil fuel industry to emit methane, unmonitored and unregulated, into the earth’s atmosphere.   Jason O'Neil with the non-profit Accountable U.S. talks more about this decision. 

In this episode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell are joined by Dr. Jeff Masters, an expert in tropical weather, provides an update on the record breaking hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin.


On this episode of  This Green Earth, Utah local bee keeper Doug Fryer talks about how honey bees fared this past summer.  It was one of the warmest and driest summers on record and since water is critical to the health of the bees and the hive he looks into it's long term effects.  He'll also talk about what bees are doing now to prepare for winter and the fascinating acts behind "robber bees". 

In this epsisode of This Green Earth Chris and Nell are joined by Ken Rait the Project Director for U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation with the Pew Charitable Trusts. Ken leads work to conserve western lands, including collaborating with local partners and the Bureau of Land Management to balance conservation and development. 

In this episode of This Green Earth science journalist, Emily Anthes talks about her book:  The Great Indoors  The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health and Happiness.  We spend 90 percent of our time inside so how do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, productivity and relationships?  


In this episode of This Green Earth Lora Smith from Mountain Trails Foundation talks about the upcoming RAP Tax Proposition that will be voted on in November.  She'll describe what the vote is about and how RAP-related taxes benefit our environment.

In this episode of This Green Earth Noah Miterko a representative from HEAL Utah talks about the upcoming Utah Public Service Commission hearing. This hearing will consider Rocky Mountain Powers request to decrease the rooftop solar export credit by 84%.  According to HEAL Utah that rate is so low that it would essentially destroy the rooftop solar market - and industry - overnight.

Chris and Nell have a discussion with Megan Ellis, Park City High School senior and Earth Club co-president on that group's recent presentation to the School Board regarding a Clean Energy Initiative.   On this episode of This Green Earth.

On this episode of This Green Earth Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center joins the show. He talks with Chris and Nell about the record amount of sea ice that has melted this past summer up in the Arctic Ocean, how close open water is to the North Pole and, the role climate change is playing in that annual event.     

Milky Way Over East Canyon State Park
Andrew Andreasen

On this episode of This Green Earth Chris Haramoto joins the show to talk about about East Canyon State Park's award of the International Dark Sky Park designation. This classification means that East Canyon State Park has beautifully dark night skies that allow visitors to clearly view the Milky Way and other celestial objects.In order to be designated a Dark Sky Park, Haramoto and park staff, interns, and volunteers, had to meet the stringent programming, monitoring and infrastructure requirements set forth by the

On this episode of This Green Earth, Amanda Barth with the Utah Department of Natural Resources talks about "Utah Pollinator Pursuit" a program that allows citizens to monitor, track and upload data on the Monarch's habitat, populations and where abouts. The monarch butterfly is an iconic species in North America and its annual migration cycle is one of the most remarkable in the world.

On this episode of This Green Earth acclaimed nature writer David Gessner talks about his new book:  Leave It as It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness  The book is an honest account of Roosevelt's - at times - flawed and inconsistent relationship with nature, wildlife and, Native Americans.  But Roosevelt also believed in what Gessner calls "muscular environmentalism"; Nature and public lands as a source of

Dr. Keith Roper, a professor and Department Head of Biological Engineering at Utah State University joins Chris and Nell on This Green Earth. Dr.

Chris and Nell provide an update on wildfires occurring around the state; where, how large and percent containment.  They also talk about the inspections of watercraft being performed by state wildlife resource officials to control the spread of quagga mussels.