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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

Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

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.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | 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. 

Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

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?

Environment | Land use | Communities

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Land | Communities

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. 

Environment | Climate change | Science | Communities

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.   

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Education | Science | Communities

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

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. 

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

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.

Water | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Communities

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.

Sustainability | Renewable energy | Energy | Environment | Communities

Is The Future Of Solar Bright In Oregon?

OPB/EarthFix | April 14, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A few new policy steps could help Oregon catch up with neighboring Washington and other  states in bringing solar power to more homes, businesses and utility customers.

Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Land | Communities

New Western Oregon Plan Sets Path Forward For Contested Forestland

OPB/EarthFix | April 12, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Counties have already disparaged the plan for not generating enough timber revenue.

Energy | Land use | Environment | Communities

Jordan Cove LNG Backers Appeal Federal Permit Denial

OPB/EarthFix | April 11, 2016 5:59 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The companies backing the Jordan Cove energy project have appealed a federal decision denying their proposal to pipe natural gas through Oregon so it can be shipped to Asia.

Energy | Land use | Climate change | Environment | Communities

Oregon Energy Exporter Announces A Japanese Buyer For Its Liquefied Natural Gas

OPB/EarthFix | April 8, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

This is the second preliminary purchase deal announced since federal energy regulators denied approval of the export terminal and pipeline project. 


The Latest Deal To Undam The Klamath: Breaking It Down

OPB/EarthFix | April 6, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Two West Coast governors and an Obama cabinet member joined others in a signing ceremony that takes a big step forward on taking out dams from the Klamath River. We break it down.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Historic Klamath Dam Removal Gets A Second Chance

OPB/EarthFix | April 6, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Klamath, Calif.

Supporters of a resolution to the long-standing water wars in the Klamath River Basin signed two new agreements Wednesday.


Klamath Dam Removal And Conservation Deals To Get Second Life

OPB/EarthFix | April 5, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Federal and state officials will announce two agreements Wednesday designed to pick up where the failed Klamath River Basin pact left off.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Little Brown Bat Hit With Deadly ‘White Nose’ Syndrome In Washington State

OPB/EarthFix | March 31, 2016 12:50 p.m.

A devastating disease this has killed millions of bats in the Eastern United States has now been confirmed near Seattle.

Arts | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Could A Regional Air Quality Agency Be A Good Fit For Portland?

OPB/EarthFix | March 13, 2016 7 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Revelations about arsenic and cadmium air pollution in Portland have residents asking if they'd be better off with a regional air quality authority.

Environment | Land use | Energy

Federal Regulators Deny Liquefied Natural Gas Project In Southern Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | March 11, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Ashland. Oregon

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says public benefit of the project does not outweigh the adverse effects.