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

  During the first half of the show, Chris and Nell speak with Tom Diegel, the Vice President of the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance about their involvement with the Mountain Accord.  In the second half of the program they speak with author Susan Imhoff Bird about her book titled: Howl – Of Woman and Wolf.   Drawn to wolves’ resilience and innate sense of place, Bird discovers important personal truths as she learns about the science, the behaviors and the myths surrounding these controversial and misunderstood creatures.


     Chris and Nell chat with two authors today.  First they  interview Andrew Nikoforuk about his book: Slick Water – Fracking and One Insiders Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry.  The second segment of the show, Peter Seidel talks about his book: There Is Still Time.

This Green Earth's first guest is Adam Briggle who is a philosophy professor and author of a new book titled: A Field Philosophers Guide to Fracking – How One Texas Town Stood up to Big Oil and Gas.  He talks about the grass roots effort that he was part of, the David and Goliath nature of the battle and how he applied a philosopher’s toolkit to breakdown and addresses such a hot button issue.

With the human-caused 'Sixth Extinction' receiving increasing attention, Johns Hopkins University Press recently published a book whose title pulls no punches: The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. In segment one, host Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson interview professor Paul Ehrlich.


It’s an all local’s show today on This Green Earth.  First Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson welcome Captain Matt Meinhold of the Park City Fire District and Dave Eskelson of Rocky Mountain Power to discuss the districts installation of solar panels on the roof of their administration and warehouse buildings.

The second guest is Katy Wang, executive director of the Park City Film Series, talking about this week’s film, Project Wild Thing.  It’s a documentary that chronicles the director attempt to get his children out of the house in into the outdoors.


This past summer was the warmest on record ,and 2015 is set to become the warmest year ever, surpassing the old record which was set just last year. Joining  hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson  to discuss the planets on-going fever, and what this past summer was like closer to home, is Brian McInerney, senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. In the second half of the show, Judy Dorsey, president of the Brendle Group, joined the show to discuss how businesses and municipalities incorporate concepts of sustainability into their daily practices.


The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition is a non-profit that supports the use of nuclear power.  Former Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman is a member of the coalition and joins hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson in the first part of the show to discuss the benefits of nuclear power as a continuing member of our energy portfolio.

The second half of the show explores an interesting problem confronting us locally: a fungus affecting many aspens in town. Its formal name is Marssonina, but informally it’s simply called Aspen Spot.


Paul Spittler joined Nell Larson and Chris Cherniak in the first segment of the show to discuss BLM plans to allow drilling and mining activities within the Desolation Canyon area of Utah.

In her new book,  Dirt: A Love Story, Barbara Richardson, an award-winning author who lives in Kamas, discusses the book and an open house she is helping to host in Kamas.


August 5th, the EPA and its contractors working at the Gold King Mine in southeast Colorado accidentally released millions of gallons of mine waste into the Animas River above the resort town of Durango. The plume of metal and mud stretched over 100 miles and three states before slowly diluting within the San Juan River in southeastern Utah.


It's the second day of the Birthday Pledge drive at KPCW, and we appreciate all your participation.  Today, along with soliciting pledges for KPCW's35th Birthday celebration, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson speak with Chad Ambrose from Rocky Mountain Power. The discussion covered areas of conservation of electricity and what's new at Rocky Mountain Power.