Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.
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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If approved and built, the Swan Lake North pumped hydro storage project in southern Oregon would be the largest energy storage project in the Pacific Northwest.
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Northwest chinook salmon fisheries may eventually be adjusted to ensure there’s enough fish in the ocean for endangered orcas.
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Congress gave final approval to a wide-reaching natural resource bill that extends more public lands protections in the Pacific Northwest.
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The Northwest has seen plenty of snow and cold temperatures these last few weeks. But forecasters say some areas this summer could still face droughts.
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Oregon’s Borax Lake chub has been protected since the early 1980s, when geothermal energy exploration threatened to disrupt the hot springs that supply the only lake where it lives.
State moves forward with Oregon State University to find new ownership of the Elliott State Forest near the south coast.
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The new Oregon Wildfire Response Council will look at the state's efforts surrounding "wildfire education, prevention, suppression, attack, and community recovery."
Recycling in Oregon has hit some bumps over the past few years, with local paper mills closing and China deciding not to import used paper and plastic any longer.
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The Rogue Valley didn’t directly experience any serious wildfires this year. But smoke from large wildfires burning hours away blew in and stayed for months — right at the peak of tourist season.
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Southern Oregon’s Elk River has a problem. Salmon produced in a fish hatchery there aren’t returning to spawn. One scientist believes she has a solution … leading the salmon by the nose.
New research finds forest replanting doesn’t necessarily guarantee better tree survival.