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.

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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.

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss the Zika Virus is Phil Bondurant, the Environmental Health Director for Summit County.  Then in the second half of the program, John Muir Laws discusses the benefits of nature drawing and journaling.  

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show is John Hopkins.  He is a Vice President at GE energy Financial Services and is part of the renewable energy group at GE.  We discover where the trends are with respect to wind, solar and other renewable energy systems domestically and internationally, and where GE plans to make future investments.

In the second segment of the program, architect Hank Louis discusses a unique home he is building outside of Park City that uses tires as construction material for the walls of the home.

  The Citizens Climate Lobby is hosting their Western Regional Conference in Salt Lake City starting March 18th.  Representatives join Nell and Chris in the first part of the program to discuss the organization and their programs agenda. In the second segment of the program we turn our attention to the drying up of the Great Salt Lake as we speak with Professor Wayne Wurtsbaugh.

  Matt Pacenza, executive Director of Heal Utah, joins Chris and Nell as the Utah Legislature nears the end of its winter session.  Matt brings us up to date on a number of bills that address energy and environmental policy. Then in the second part of the show, Jeff McCarthy joins us.  Jeff is the director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah.