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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

Communities | News | Energy | Renewable energy | local | Climate change | Nation | Environment | Politics

Northwest States, Cities Pledge To Uphold The Paris Climate Deal

OPB/EarthFix | June 6, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Northwest states once again speaking out against Trump administration actions on climate change.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Climate change | Science

West Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Among Highest In World

OPB/EarthFix | June 2, 2017 9 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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. 

Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife | Communities

Oregon Legislature Limits Controversial Mining Practice

OPB/EarthFix | May 31, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The suction dredge mining bill now goes to the governor for signature.

Environment | Climate change | Communities | Election

Oregon Voters Could See More Community Rights Measures Going Forward

OPB/EarthFix | May 17, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The concept of community rights stems from the idea that local communities should have say over corporate projects that could cause local harm. 

Forestry | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Land

Timber Company, Tribe Left With Little After Vote To Cancel Elliott State Forest Sale

OPB/EarthFix | May 10, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The only parties to offer a bid for the Elliott say they are frustrated and disappointed with the outcome.

Communities | News | Energy | local | Climate change | Environment

Oregon County Seeks To Block LNG Project With Ballot Measure

OPB/EarthFix | May 8, 2017 7:30 a.m.

"Community-Rights" measure aims to give Coos County residents control over energy infrastructure projects.

Forestry | Education | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Communities

Rural School Sees Education Gold In Abandoned Hatchery

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 6:45 p.m. | Butte Falls, Oregon

Butte Falls Charter School is hoping to turn a shuttered trout and salmon hatchery into a natural resource education center.

News | Environment | Pacific Ocean | local | Energy

Bigger Company Joins Push For LNG Export Facility On Oregon Coast

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 noon

The Canadian company behind the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project is getting bigger.

Education | Agriculture | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Professor Says WSU Violated His Academic Freedom Over Wolf Comments

OPB/EarthFix | April 27, 2017 5:15 p.m.

Wolf researcher says university forbade him from speaking to press, cut his research funding and attempted to discredit his work.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Animals

Wolf Hunting Still An Option Under New Oregon Plan

OPB/EarthFix | April 21, 2017 3:59 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

Oregon’s gray wolves are once again the center of attention for state wildlife officials.

Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife | Communities | Animals | Environment

3 Questions About Oregon's New Wolf Plan

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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.

Forestry | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

As Bald Eagles Recover, Oregon Proposes To Dial Back Protections

OPB/EarthFix | April 19, 2017 6:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Bald eagles were removed from the Oregon endangered species list in 2012. New logging rules would relax protections for the raptors.

News | local | Politics | Nation

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Resists Trump

OPB | March 30, 2017 1:54 p.m. | Portland

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.

Forestry | News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife

Court Tells USFWS To Reconsider Protections For Coastal Martens

OPB/EarthFix | March 28, 2017 6 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A federal court says a decision not to list the rare coastal marten must be reexamined.

Environment | Climate change | Energy

What Can Northwest States Do In Face Of Federal Rollbacks On Climate Policy?

OPB/EarthFix | March 24, 2017 4:28 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

As the Trump administration rolls back climate policy, Northwest states are taking a stand. What could they feasibly do?

Land use | Environment | Energy

It's Round 3 For Jordan Cove LNG Terminal And Pipeline

OPB/EarthFix | March 17, 2017 12:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

After being denied by federal regulators last years, backers of the liquefied natural gas project are starting again.

Communities | Recreation | Land use | Environment | Politics | Fish & Wildlife

Hunters And Anglers Cross Political Lines To Fight For Public Lands

OPB/EarthFix | March 16, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Hunting and fishing groups are standing shoulder to shoulder with environmentalists to fight back against what they see as threats to public lands.

Agriculture | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Eastern Oregon Wolf Recovery Enters Next Phase

OPB/EarthFix | March 7, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Eastern Oregon wolves have hit a recovery milestone — mixed news if you're a wolf.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Returning Salmon Numbers Looking Meager For Oregon, Northern California

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 28, 2017 4:45 p.m.

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.

Transportation | Agriculture | Energy | Climate change | Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Columbia And Snake Rivers Cold For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 10 a.m.

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.