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.
The State Land Board is consider new approaches to keep the Elliott State Forest under public ownership without continuing to lose money.
Oregon has few restrictions on the use of lead hunting ammunition. That means a plan to reintroduce California condors here could be setting the birds up for disaster.
Lawsuit could lead to compensation and a change in the legal status of water rights in the drought-stricken West.
The largest land bird in North America is still critically endangered. A new plan could see the reintroduction of the condor in the Northwest.
The five refuges straddling the Oregon-California border comprise some of the most important migratory bird habitat on the West Coast. Conservation groups saying they're being shorted on water.
OSU scientists have developed a way to predict spikes in domoic acid off the West Coast. The toxin can accumulate in some seafood and be harmful to humans if consumed.
Oregon once led the nation in stream protections, but not anymore. And new rules proposed by the Board of Forestry won't change that any time soon.
The sound had not been identified previously because of the way scientists analyze acoustic data from the ocean.
After getting denied last week, backers of the proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal say they will refile.
Oregon coastal coho populations are in better shape than most endangered salmon runs on the West Coast.
California's governor wants his Oregon and Washington counterparts to join in seeking a permanent offshore oil drilling ban ban before the Trump presidency begins.
Water | Forestry | Land use | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | Dec. 12, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Coos Bay, Oregon
Oregon is offering the land for a flat $220 million, but is requiring the purchaser to guarantee public access and some environmental protections.
Federal agencies are developing a new scientific baseline that will inform an upcoming revision to the Northwest Forest Plan.
The marbled murrelet is on both the state and federal endangered species lists.
History | local | Environment | NW Life | Battle ReadyOPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon
In their desperation for timber, the War Labor Board considered more extreme solutions to put loggers to work: German prisoners of war held at several Northwest military installations.
Forestry | Technology | NW Life | News | History | Environment | Battle ReadyOPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon
Winning World War II depended on raw materials. One such resource grew tall and green in the Pacific Northwest. From our series 'Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.'
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to revive the flagging timber economy across the Northwest. That has towns in the Timber Belt cheering while environmental groups prepare for a fight.