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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

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

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. 

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Election | Sustainability | Animals | Environment | Politics | Election 2016

Oregon Measure Would Create United Front Against Animal Trafficking On West Coast

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 17, 2016 7:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon voters will soon decide whether to ban the buying and selling of certain animal products.  The species covered under Measure 100 are being poached internationally at high rates.

Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Agriculture

Klamath Irrigators Should Not Have Gotten $32M From Federal Agency: Report

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 13, 2016 4:42 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The critical audit comes after two whistleblowers accused the Bureau of Reclamation and a local water authority of misusing public funds.     

Environment | Energy | Transportation | Climate change

Vancouver Oil Terminal Project Makes Big Bet On Oil Train Safety

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 7, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Oil company Tesoro says it wants to prove that it takes safety concerns seriously.

Renewable energy | Environment | Land use | Climate change | Agriculture

How Lakes Can Work Like Batteries That Charge The Electricity Grid

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 5, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

A project in Oregon’s Klamath County is aiming to complement renewable energy development in the Northwest by creating a giant water battery.

Environment | Energy | Climate change

Northwest Researchers Link Carbon Pollution To Hydro-Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 28, 2016 6:45 p.m.

A new study from Washington State University finds that reservoirs behind dams produce more greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Energy | Renewable energy

Oregon Offshore Wind Project Stalls

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 9, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The company behind the project has asked federal regulators to stop processing its lease application.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife

Northwest Humpback Whales Continue To Struggle Despite Positive Outlook Worldwide

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A new federal review finds Northwest humpbacks are still showing signs of trouble.

Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Climate change | Environment | Water | Forestry

Protecting Steamboat's Cold Waters For Summer Steelhead

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 26, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Steamboat, Oregon

Steamboat Creek supports one of the last runs of wild summer steelhead in the Northwest.  Fishermen and conservationists want to keep it that way.

Fish & Wildlife | Water | Communities | Environment | Climate change

Lawsuit Aims To Lower Columbia And Snake River Temperatures For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2016 2:30 p.m.

High river temperatures in recent years has lead to the death of more than a quarter million salmon in the Columbia River. 

Land | Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Communities | Climate change | Water

Lawsuits Target Controversial Forest Plan For Western Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 9, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The plans will govern how some Oregon forests are managed for the coming decades.

Land | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Communities | Climate change

BLM Plans For Western Oregon Forests Finalized

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 5, 2016 4 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management plans will govern more than 2 million acres of forestland. Timber groups and environmentalists are expressing disappointment.

Environment | Sustainability | local | News

Oregon Bottle Deposit Set To Double Next Year

OPB/EarthFix | July 22, 2016 3:52 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Low redemption rates have triggered a doubling of the Oregon beverage container deposit to a dime. The change goes into effect next April.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Wolf Delisting Amendment Clears U.S. House Committee

OPB/EarthFix | July 14, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The House voted Wednesday to attach the amendment to legislation funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior.

local | Communities | Politics | Environment | News

Becoming American At The Edge Of Crater Lake

OPB/EarthFix | July 5, 2016 2:06 p.m. | Crater Lake National Park

Immigrants from all over the world took the Oath of Citizenship at the Fourth of July ceremony on a ridge high above the lake.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water

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.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | 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. 

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water

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?

Communities | Land use | Environment

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.