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Jes Burns


Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local All Things Considered host. Jes has also worked as an editor and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced reports as a freelance producer for NPR, Sirius Radio's OutQ News and The Takeaway.

Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.

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Recent Articles

Environment | Energy | Climate change

Northwest Researchers Link Carbon Pollution To Hydro-Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 28, 2016 6:45 p.m.

A new study from Washington State University finds that reservoirs behind dams produce more greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Energy | Renewable energy

Oregon Offshore Wind Project Stalls

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 9, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The company behind the project has asked federal regulators to stop processing its lease application.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife

Northwest Humpback Whales Continue To Struggle Despite Positive Outlook Worldwide

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A new federal review finds Northwest humpbacks are still showing signs of trouble.

Environment | Climate change | Water | Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Forestry

Protecting Steamboat's Cold Waters For Summer Steelhead

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 26, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Steamboat, Oregon

Steamboat Creek supports one of the last runs of wild summer steelhead in the Northwest.  Fishermen and conservationists want to keep it that way.

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Climate change | Water

Lawsuit Aims To Lower Columbia And Snake River Temperatures For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2016 2:30 p.m.

High river temperatures in recent years has lead to the death of more than a quarter million salmon in the Columbia River. 

Flora and Fauna | Communities | Climate change | Water | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Forestry

Lawsuits Target Controversial Forest Plan For Western Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 9, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The plans will govern how some Oregon forests are managed for the coming decades.

Flora and Fauna | Communities | Water | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Climate change

BLM Plans For Western Oregon Forests Finalized

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 5, 2016 4 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management plans will govern more than 2 million acres of forestland. Timber groups and environmentalists are expressing disappointment.

Environment | Sustainability | local | News

Oregon Bottle Deposit Set To Double Next Year

OPB/EarthFix | July 22, 2016 3:52 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Low redemption rates have triggered a doubling of the Oregon beverage container deposit to a dime. The change goes into effect next April.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Wolf Delisting Amendment Clears U.S. House Committee

OPB/EarthFix | July 14, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The House voted Wednesday to attach the amendment to legislation funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior.

Communities | Politics | Environment | local | News

Becoming American At The Edge Of Crater Lake

OPB/EarthFix | July 5, 2016 2:06 p.m. | Crater Lake National Park

Immigrants from all over the world took the Oath of Citizenship at the Fourth of July ceremony on a ridge high above the lake.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water

Federal Appeals Court Says Washington Must Repair Salmon-Blocking Culverts

OPB/EarthFix | June 27, 2016 1:15 p.m.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has  ruled that Washington is bound to protect salmon to fulfill treaty obligations with  Northwest tribes – even if it means spending billions to fix road culverts that block salmon passage.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Water

Bringing Back Klamath Wetlands, One Wocus At A Time

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

Work is underway to restore a native water lily called the wocus to wetlands in the Klamath Basin — and with it a traditional Native American food and habitat for endangered fish. 

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water

Oregon Battles Invasive Minnows To Protect Non-Native Trout

OPB/EarthFix | June 14, 2016 10:30 a.m. | Diamond Lake, Oregon

There’s no question now: the tui chub are back in Diamond Lake.  What are we willing to do about it?

Communities | Land use | Environment

Oregon Regulators Delay Decision On Energy Export Project

OPB/EarthFix | June 13, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The announcement comes ahead of a protest Tuesday in Salem by opponents of the project.

Land | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Diverse Groups Challenge Western Oregon Forest Plan

OPB/EarthFix | May 16, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Timber, environmental, local government and tribal groups are complaining land managers aren’t doing enough to protect their interests. 

Communities | Science | Environment | Climate change

How Climate Change Threatens Coastal Archeological Sites

OPB/EarthFix | May 12, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Crescent City, California

 Native American villages dotted the coastline up until the early 1900s. But now many of those sites are literally falling into to the ocean – a process that is being accelerated by climate change.   

Communities | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Education | Science

Microbes (And Pigs) Could Provide Clues For Forensic Scientists

OPB/EarthFix | May 4, 2016 11:15 a.m. | Philomath, Oregon

The Northwest’s next generation of forensic anthropologists take advantage of a rare opportunity to get their hands in the dirt.

Forestry | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change

Old-Growth Forests Provide Temperature Refuges In Face Of Climate Change: Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 22, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A new Oregon State University study shows old-growth forests could have a larger role to play than simply providing habitat for wildlife. 

Environment | Energy | Sustainability | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change

Senate Energy Bill Would Move Northwest Projects Forward

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2016 5 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The U.S. Senate passed energy legislation Wednesday that includes advancement of renewables and other more specific projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Water

Fishermen Look Ahead To Slow Ocean Salmon Season

OPB/EarthFix | April 15, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

There won’t be much of a salmon season this year off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and California.