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 concept of community rights stems from the idea that local communities should have say over corporate projects that could cause local harm.
The only parties to offer a bid for the Elliott say they are frustrated and disappointed with the outcome.
Butte Falls Charter School is hoping to turn a shuttered trout and salmon hatchery into a natural resource education center.
Wolf researcher says university forbade him from speaking to press, cut his research funding and attempted to discredit his work.
Oregon’s gray wolves are once again the center of attention for state wildlife officials.
Oregon fish and wildlife officials are considering a revised Wolf Management Plan that would set the course for endangered gray wolves for the next half decade.
Bald eagles were removed from the Oregon endangered species list in 2012. New logging rules would relax protections for the raptors.
Oregon’s leaders are picking fights with the Trump administration on a number of issues. The administration is pushing back, threatening to withhold grants from states that don’t get in line.
As the Trump administration rolls back climate policy, Northwest states are taking a stand. What could they feasibly do?
After being denied by federal regulators last years, backers of the liquefied natural gas project are starting again.
Hunting and fishing groups are standing shoulder to shoulder with environmentalists to fight back against what they see as threats to public lands.
State fishery managers on the West Coast are releasing ocean salmon forecasts this week. And things aren’t looking good – especially for fishermen off the coasts of Oregon and Northern California.
A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to pick up where it left off in 2003 in considering steps to lower temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers.
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.