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

On this Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Luke Cartin, Sustainability Director with Park City Municipal, about how the recent State legislative session will impact a number of city environmental initiatives including their plastic bag ban, solar energy systems and electric vehicle use and registration. 

This Green Earth - February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Nell and Chris first speak with Dr.

Recognizing 30 years of dedication, the National Weather Service has named Margaret Bowman of Coalville a 2017 recipient of the John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service as a weather observer. This award is one of the agency’s most prestigious; a maximum of 25 are granted each year to deserving weather observers throughout the country.  Margaret Bowman and Lisa Verzella, observations program leader with the weather service, join Chris and Nell in the second half of the program.

This Green Earth - January 16 , 2018

Jan 16, 2018

Last Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee held a legislative hearing on a proposed bill that would not only codify President Trump’s dismantling of Bears Ears National Monument but also delegate management of the monument to a group hand-picked by the president.  On today’s program Chris and Nell discuss how the bill will impact Bears Ears and set the stage for similar action on the Grand Staircase Escalante monument. 

This Green Earth - January 9, 2018

Jan 9, 2018

As this year began, China banned the importing of 24 different materials considered recyclables. What are these materials? How will this ban effect U.S. recycling markets? And who might replace China as the leader in reprocessing our paper, plastic and metal?  Nell and Chris speak with Reece Demille of Republic Services and Carolyn Wawra of Recycle Utah about how the ban will affect their recycling businesses, and what you can do to help.

This Green Earth January 2, 2018

Jan 2, 2018

On today's show, Chris and Nell speak first with Brian McInerney of the National Weather Service.  Brian will summarize this fall's temperatures and precipitation and review 2017 as a whole, one of the warmest years on record.  In the second part of the show, Nate Brown of the Audubon Society talks about the results of this year's Christmas Bird Count, including Summit County observations and how bird types and populations are changing as our region warms and habitats shrink. 


Tuesday on This Green Earth, Nell and Chris first speak with authors of a study which shows that, for the first time in almost 80 years, Black Bears are re-populating portions of eastern Nevada's Great Basin.   Then, in the second half of the show, arborologist   Jason Barto talks about the impacts the lack of snow is having on your trees, and how watering them - yes, this week - might be a good idea.  It's This Green Earth, Tuesday at 9am. 


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.