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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 | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Forestry

Deadly Plant Disease Confirmed For First Time In Pacific Northwest Fir Trees

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 19, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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 | Environment

Southern Oregon Megafire May Help Suppress Devastating Tree Disease

OPB/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.

Environment | Land | Oregon Field Guide

By Removing A Derelict Fence, Volunteers Make Way For Wildlife

OPB | Oct. 12, 2017 8:30 p.m.

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Land | Pacific Ocean | Environment | Forestry | Flora and Fauna

Oregon Considering Added Protections For Reclusive Coastal Seabird

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2017 3:46 p.m.

The marbled murrelet has been at the center of a conservation fight on the Oregon coast for decades.

Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Climate change | Communities | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Tsunami Debris Continues Delivering Invasive Species To The West Coast

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 29, 2017 9:10 a.m.

New research shows nearly 300 species have traveled on debris rafts across the Pacific Ocean.

Climate change | Communities | Environment

Rain May Give Fire-Ravaged Southwest Oregon A Brief Break

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2017 5 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The Chetco Bar Fire is still the largest fire burning in Washington and Oregon.

local | News | Nation | History | Communities | Environment

Chetco Bar Fire Update: A World War II Site Under Threat And Pay-It-Forward Beers

OPB/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.

News | Environment | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Hot, Dry Conditions Keep Coastal Oregon Town In Wildfire Danger

OPB | Aug. 27, 2017 11:02 p.m. | Brookings, Oregon

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 | Land use | Communities | Environment

Report: Zinke Recommends Reducing Cascade-Siskiyou Monument

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 24, 2017 2:53 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Early reports suggest the Oregon national monument is one of three nationally pegged for reduction

Fish & Wildlife | Land | News | Environment | Animals | Agriculture | Flora and Fauna | local

Will The Franklin's Bumblebee Ever Be Seen Again?

OPB/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.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Scientists On Case Of Deadly Bat Disease Discover New Clues

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 1, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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 | local

How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges Is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture

OPB/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 & Wildlife

What Happens To Birds When Wildlife Refuges Dry Up?

OPB/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 | local

Birds Take Backseat To Fish, Farms In The Klamath Basin

OPB/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.

Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Flora and Fauna | Communities | Environment

Oregon AG Threatens Legal Action To Protect Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

OPB/EarthFix | July 13, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says Oregon is ready to take legal action if monument designation changes.

Forestry | Land use | Communities | Environment

Legislation To Provide Land Base For Western Oregon Tribes Passes House

OPB/EarthFix | July 13, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Legislation would convey 32,000 acres of federal land to two tribes and provide forest management authority to a third.

Climate change | Energy | Communities | Environment

Protesters And Supporters Come Out Once Again For Jordan Cove LNG

OPB/EarthFix | June 27, 2017 9:35 p.m. | Coos Bay, Oregon

It was the first public meeting since the Canadian company Veresen refiled its permit application with the federal government.

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Valve-Turning Activist From Oregon Won’t Serve Prison Time

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2017 3:08 p.m.

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 | Environment

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.

Climate change | Science | Pacific Ocean | Environment

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.