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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On this episode, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson were joined by Professor Randall Wilson of Gettysburg College for a conversation about the formation and management of our public lands, including conflicts between privatization, regulation and environmental protection. Professor Wilson is the author of America's Public Lands - Yellowstone to Smokey The Bear and Beyond.

On this edition of KPCW's This Green Earth, Nell and Chris first spoke with Thomas Sharpe, wildlife ecologist, about the growing black bear population in Utah. Why are their numbers increasing and why that is good for our ecosystem. Also, learn why Japanese Lilac and Kentucky Coffee trees are better for your yard than Mountain or European Ash from Jason Barto, Certified Arborist with Wasatch Back Trees.

On this edition of This Green Earth, hosts Nell and Chris first talk about the record-breaking heat wave occurring in India with Bob Henson, climate science blogger with the Weather Underground.  In addition, Bob mentions that last week it got up to 91 degrees in Eagle, Alaska!  After that, they speak with Anne Patterson, founder and CEO of Solavore, a company that manufactures and sells portable solar ovens. 

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Glen Perry of Alpro Energy to discuss the feasibility of converting food waste into reusable methane gas using anaerobic digestion.  PCCAPS students Jonas Peek and Tobin Greenwald also join the conversation as they have been collecting data on food waste production by restaurants and supermarkets throughout Summit County.

In this podcast of This Green Earth It's spring and time to talk about honey bees with local beekeeper Doug Fryer.  Doug shares some amazing facts about these creatures including how they keep their hive at 95 degrees during the entire winter, that 99% of the hive is female, and why honey bees prefer blue and purple flowers when foraging for pollen and nectar.

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell first speak with Dr. Steven Kress, author of "Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock", a book that chronicles the efforts to re-establish puffin birds to islands off the Maine coast. After that, they talk to Matt Lindon, professional engineer, about the state's ongoing drought and why the second driest state in the nation consumes more water than nearly any other.

First up on today's show is Daisy Fair, Head of Farming Operations at Copper Moose Farms in Park City. Daisy talks about the early season plantings, seedlings and the difference between organic and biodynamic farming.  After that, Zach Frankel, Executive Director of Utah Rivers Council,joins Chris and Nell to discuss the successful launch of a Rain Harvest Program down in Salt Lake County and Murray City.  Rain Barrels for $40?  That's a great deal!

On today's show, Linda Lawrence from Park City Nursery stops by the show to talk about voles, moles, aphids and spider mites. All the pests we might see in our backyards and the many natural ways to control them.  Then, Bruce Erickson drops in to talk about the May 2nd Hazardous Waste Collection Day sponsored by Recycle Utah and Sunrise Rotary Club.

Nell and Chris first speak with Professor Christopher Norment, author of the book "Relicts of a Beautiful Sea - Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World".   Then in the second half of the show they speak with Robyn Geist and Caitlynn Willard about the upcoming 7th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to be shown in Park City on April 23rd. 

"Nell and Chris talk about the Edward Abbey documentary titled "Wrenched", showing this Thursday the 9th at Prospector Theater.  Katy Wang, Executive Director of the Park City Film Series and host of the documentary joins them in conversation on this film and the multi-day symposium titled "Re-Imagine Western Landscapes" occurring Friday and Saturday."

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