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.
For the first time, scientists have found a deadly plant disease infecting fir trees in the Pacific Northwest.
local | News | Communities | Agriculture | Forestry | Flora and Fauna | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | Oct. 17, 2017 2 p.m. | Brookings, Oregon
Crews working the Chetco Bar wildfire had more to consider than just the flames once it spread into a quarantine zone where a disease was devastating trees.
A group of backcountry volunteers are racing against a deadline to remove a derelict fence from the land. These old barbed wire fences are hazards to wildlife, a last vestige of ranching.
The Chetco Bar Fire is still the largest fire burning in Washington and Oregon.
local | News | Nation | History | Communities | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | Aug. 28, 2017 3:37 p.m. | Brookings, Oregon
The Chetco Bar megafire is burning just five miles outside the coastal city of Brookings. OPB/EarthFix reporter Jes Burns is on the scene asking questions and getting answers.
Hot, dry weather Sunday on the southern Oregon coast made it difficult for fire crews to stop the spread of the Chetco Bar Fire.
Fish & Wildlife | Land | News | Environment | Animals | Agriculture | Flora and Fauna | localOPB/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017 8:16 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon
The last person who found Franklin's bumblebee in the field isn’t giving up on the bee. He still makes an annual pilgrimage to Mount Ashland in hopes it will make an appearance once again.
Scientists are gaining more insight into how a deadly bat fungus is spreading across the United States.
Water | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | Land use | Communities | Agriculture | localOPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2017 7 p.m. | Tulelake, California
While controversial, the common practice of farming on the Klamath wildlife refuges has resulted in an interesting new direction for agriculture across the basin.
Water | local | News | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Fish & WildlifeOPB/EarthFix | July 25, 2017 6 a.m. | Merrill, Oregon
A million birds spend time annually in the Klamath Basin's six wildlife refuges. But that's only a fraction of the number that thrived here when they had year-round water.
Water | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | Communities | Agriculture | Flora and Fauna | localOPB/EarthFix | July 24, 2017 6 a.m. | Merrill, Oregon
There’s always a bird – or 20 – in sight at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. But really, there should be many, many more.
State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says Oregon is ready to take legal action if monument designation changes.
Legislation would convey 32,000 acres of federal land to two tribes and provide forest management authority to a third.
It was the first public meeting since the Canadian company Veresen refiled its permit application with the federal government.
Ken Ward was one of five activists who turned valves off on several pipelines bringing oil from Canada to the United States.
Energy | local | News | Politics | Nation | Climate change | Communities | Renewable energy | EnvironmentOPB/EarthFix | June 6, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon
Northwest states once again speaking out against Trump administration actions on climate change.
The more carbon dioxide in the air, the more acidic oceans become – preventing oysters and tiny marine snails at the base of the food chain from forming shells.