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

Ashley Solteysiak is the new director of the Sierra Club’s Utah Chapter.  Chris and Nell visit with her to learn a bit about her background and get the outlook for the 2018 state legislative session, focusing on legislation that impacts our air, land and water. Then, in the second half of the program, they talk about the inversion occurring along the front range of the Wasatch with Randy Graham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The President visited Salt Lake City Monday to announce his plans to reduce the proposed Bears Ears National Monument by 50-percent.  Sharon Buccino is an attorney and land policy expert with the National Resources Defense Council.  Chris and Nell talk about this decision with her, what legal actions can and will be pursued to challenge it, and what this decision means to the fate of other national monuments across the country.  Then in the second half of the program, they shift gears and talk about our growing trash problem in Park City.

On today’s program, Chris and Nell visit with Jess Dwyer with the Salt Lake Chapter of Dark Sky International.  They speak about light pollution, its impact on our health and environment and what some communities are doing about it. 

  Today on This Green Earth, Nell and Chris speak with James Costa, the author of the new book:  Darwin's Backyard:  How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory. Costa explains how Darwin's simple experiments on plants, insects and animals living in his own backyard, helped advance many of his revolutionary ideas on evolution and natural selection.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris and Nell’s first guest is Marlee Ostheimer from the National Forest Foundation.  Marlee talks about the effort to reintroduce the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout to Mill Creek.  The second guest is Urs Kormann, a post-doctoral research scientist at Oregon State University.  Urs talks about “forest edges” and what species avoid and benefit them.  

  Chris and Nell speak with Jon Schutz, a local water rights attorney.  Jon will summarize the history of water rights in Utah, how they were established using ecclesiastical control, when that changed and why, even with growing demand and regional drought, concepts like "use it or lose it" are still used today.   Then, former Congressman Bob Inglis talks about a speech he is giving this Friday, November 3rd at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.  Bob is a republican from South Carolina who received high marks from his colleagues and constituents until he embraced one subject - climate chan

On This Green Earth this morning Chris and Nell speak with students from BYU and the University of Utah on how they are collaborating with, and competing against, each other on climate change education, awareness and initiatives.  Then they speak with the Western Environmental Law Center about the Department of Interior's recent attempts to delay the implementation of a rule which would reduce the amount of methane gas emitted into the atmosphere from natural gas wells and distribution systems.     

Last week, the EPA announced they would be repealing the Clean Power Plan, an effort put forth by the Obama administration to reduce U.S. electricity generation using fossil fuels. Chris and Nell’s first guest is Jon Goldin Dubois, president of Western Recourses Advocates, an environmental non-profit.  He shares his thoughts on why this repeal is such a bad idea, not just for the environment and our climate, but for economic reasons as well.

The first guest on the program, Bret Hartl with the Center for Biological Diversity talking about Utah Senators Hatch and Lee’s attempt to gut the Endangered Species Act. Then, Brian McInerney with the National Weather Service stops by to explain why the summer of 2017 was the hottest on record.  Finally, Lisa Yoder, Summit County Sustainability Coordinator joins Chris and Nell to discuss the County’s renewable energy and carbon emissions goals. 

Jason Barto, Certified Arborist and Executive Director of ReLeaf Utah joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the challenges facing White Fir and why watering your trees is more important than ever. Then, in the second half of the program they speak with Will Falk. He is a local resident and lawyer who, along with four others from around the Colorado River’s Upper Basin, recently filed the first ever rights of nature lawsuit – Colorado River v. Colorado – in the United States District Court in Colorado. 

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