Nell Larson

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

  In the first half of the program, Chris and Nell speak with Christopher Wolsko, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University about a recent study comparing liberal and conservative views on environmental stewardship.  In the second half of the program, Peter Metcalf stops by to discuss the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.  

  First guest is Jamo O'Reilly, General Manager at the Black Diamond Lodge, located in Deer Valley.  Jamo discusses the numerous changes they've made at the lodge to reduce electricity and natural gas demand.

Second guest is Michael O'Shea, Policy Associate for HEAL Utah.  Michael talks about a BLM meeting occurring this May 19th which will take public comment on the bureau's current coal leasing program.  

  In the first half of the program, Nell and Chris speak with Roland Kays, author of Candid Creatures – How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature.  Then in the second half, Katy Wang discusses the documentary, Cars Vs Bikes showing Wednesday at 6pm and the Jim Santy Auditorium.  

  In the first part of the show, Chris and Nell join Jason Barto, Certified Arborist, to discuss his Wasatch Back tree efforts.

Then in the second half, they discuss night skies, light pollution and the city’s codes on landscape lighting. 

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In this edition of KPCW's This Green Earth, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larsen welcome Lyndsey Gammon, Chief Garden Manager at Summit Community Garden to talk about the art and science behind good gardening in a high desert environment. Gammon also shares what 'No Mow' grass is and why it's a great alternative to Kentucky Blue Grass.

 

  National Conservation Leader Brock Evans is visiting Utah this week to speak to Utahns about how to persevere in the fight to protect the environment.  He joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss the arc of his environmental career, the talks he is giving this week and why it’s even more important today to educate, advocate and act on environmental issues.

In the second half of the program Chris and Nell speak with Kailey Kornhauser and Kailey Luzbetak.  Both are students enrolled in the U of U’s Environmental humanities program. 

In the first half of the show, Deborah Cramer talks about her book, Narrow Edge, a story about Red Knots on their extraordinary odyssey from remote Tierra del Fuego to the icy Arctic. 

In the second half of the program hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson speak with Katy Wang, Executive Director of the Park City Film Series and Lindsey Nelson with Recycle Utah about three environmental films showing this month.

  The first guest today is Mark Cleamans of the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club who gives a summary of the good and bad bills impacting the environment from the last session of the Utah Legislature. In the second half of the program David Garbett, a staff attorney with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance joins us in anticipation of tonight’s Forum for Deeper Understanding at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

  Today, Brian McInerney from the National Weather Service joins Nell and Chris to discuss this past winter’s weather and climate.  Then Professor Terry Mesmer and Brandon Flack talk about Sage Grouse.  Finally Seth Bockholt brings us up to date on the latest trends in landscape architecture. 

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show is Doug Fryer a local bee keeper and honey purveyor. He tells how his bees managed through this past cold winter. 

Then in the second half of the program, Jason Barto joined the conversation to discuss summit county trees.  Jason is the 2015 Arborist of the year and founder of the organization and website Wasatch Back Trees.

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