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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

Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment

Conservation Groups Sue To Get More Water To Klamath Wildlife Refuges

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 18, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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.

Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Pacific Ocean

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 9, 2017 2:57 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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. 

Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment

Oregon’s Updated Streamside Logging Rules Get A Chilly Response

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 26, 2016 5 a.m. | Brookings, Oregon

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.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Science

New Whale Song Discovered In The South Pacific By Oregon Researchers

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The sound had not been identified previously because of the way scientists analyze acoustic data from the ocean. 

Climate change | Environment | Energy | Communities | Land use

Jordan Cove Will Try Again To Get Coos Bay Natural Gas Export Terminal Approved

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 15, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

After getting denied last week, backers of the proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal say they will refile.

Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment

Oregon Coastal Coho Salmon Could Be Stable Again In 10 Years: Feds

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 14, 2016 5 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon coastal coho populations are in better shape than most endangered salmon runs on the West Coast.

Climate change | Energy | Environment | Pacific Ocean

West Coast Push Gets Under Way For Permanent Ban On Offshore Drilling

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 13, 2016 9:30 p.m.

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.

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Water | Forestry | Environment

Elliott State Forest Sale Looms Large For Land Board

OPB/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.

Forestry | Environment | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna

Unpacking The Science Behind The Northwest Forest Plan

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 6, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Federal agencies are developing a new scientific baseline that will inform an upcoming revision to the Northwest Forest Plan. 

Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Oregon To Create Murrelet Protection Plan For State, Private Lands

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 2, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The marbled murrelet is on both the state and federal endangered species lists. 

History | local | Science | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Land | Health | Water | Air | News | Forestry | Environment

Battle Ready

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

The secret history of the U.S. military’s environmental legacy in the Northwest.

local | History | Environment | NW Life | Battle Ready

How Nazi POWs Almost Became Loggers In Oregon And Washington

OPB/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.

History | NW Life | Technology | News | Forestry | Environment | Battle Ready

A War, The Chainsaw And The 2nd Great Cutting Of The Northwest

OPB/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.'

Forestry | Environment

Trump Victory Has Northwest Timber Towns Cheering

OPB | Nov. 16, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Riddle, Oregon

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.

Business | local | Flora and Fauna | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | News | Forestry | Environment

Oregon's Elliott State Forest Sale Attracts 1 Bid

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 16, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The purchase offer comes from a Roseburg timber company and a Southern Oregon Indian tribe. 

Forestry | Environment | Communities | Fish & Wildlife

Proposed Logging Rule Change Aims To Protect Cold Water For Fish

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 11, 2016 9:15 a.m. | Coos Bay, Oregon

Oregon is taking steps to increase stream protections on private forest lands.

Environment | Communities | Sustainability

Oregonians Sending More Trash To The Landfill

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 7, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon saw an increase in the amount of trash produced, while recycling and composting rates declined. 

Agriculture | Water | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Agreement Reached To Help Oregon's Spotted Frog

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 28, 2016 4:49 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon spotted frog population has continued to decline as it's traditional habitat shrinks.

Climate change | Environment | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean

West Coast Fisheries Hit Hard By Poor Ocean Conditions

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 26, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Since its record high catch in 2013, the commercial fishery in Washington and Oregon has continued to decline. 

Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Pacific Ocean

Scientists Are Closer To Understanding What Makes Ocean's Toxic Algae Bloom

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 21, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A new study sheds light on the causes and conditions behind toxic ocean algae blooms.