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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 | Environment | Communities | Agriculture

Groups Seek Ban On M-44 'Cyanide Bombs' In Oregon

Animal advocates say M-44 "cyanide bombs" kill indiscriminately and are a threat to wildlife, pets and people.

News | Forestry | local | Sustainability | Environment | Politics | Science | Land

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Forestry | Environment | Climate change | Communities | Health

Oregon Makes Case For Prescribed Fire Smoke

New smoke management rules aim to increase amount of prescribed burns in fire-prone forests.

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

California Protects Rare Marten, Oregon Still Considering Options

Legal protections for the Humboldt marten are in flux across state lines. But things are more certain in California, where the Fish and Game Commission voted to list the small mammal as endangered.

News | Communities | Forestry | local | Environment | Land

Crews Maneuver, Make Progress On Several Southwest Oregon Fires

Several wildfires burning near Grants Pass continue to cover the region in smoke.

News | Forestry | local | Environment | Politics | Fish & Wildlife | Land use

Court: Oregon Should Not Have Sold Elliott State Forest Land

The Oregon Court of Appeals says the 2014 public land sale violated state law. 

News | Communities | Forestry | local | Environment | Land

2 Large Wildfires In Southwest Oregon Threaten To Meet

While fires burn, communities downwind suffer from consistent unhealthy levels of smoke.

News | Communities | local | Sustainability | Environment | Politics | Air | Land | Land use

Efforts To Reduce Wildfire Risk Fall Short, Buck Science

The West is way behind on reducing the buildup of hazardous fuels we created. And much of the work we do to reduce those fuels is missing the key ingredient: fire.

Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | Agriculture | Environment | Energy | Flora and Fauna

Lawmakers Set Sights On Changes To Endangered Species Act

Members of the House Western Caucus announce legislation they say will "modernize" a seminal environmental law.

Environment | Health | Communities | Air | Agriculture

Oregon Finalizes Farmworker Pesticide Protection Standards

New state rules offer greater protections for farmworkers than federal standards.

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Agriculture | Environment | Communities

Gray Wolves Could Lose Protections As 'Endangered' Status Reconsidered

A new status review of endangered gray wolves could lead to reduced protections. 

Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Southern Oregon Tribe Sues To Protect 2 Endangered Fish

The Klamath Tribes say the agency and the management plan it works from doesn’t do enough to protect endangered fish in southern Oregon.

News | Communities | Economy | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Business

The Northwest Juniper Lumber Industry Is Poised For A Healthy Bump

Western juniper has been relegated to firewood, furniture, raised garden beds and the occasional rural fence post. That’s about to change.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Communities | Water

Environmental Group Sues Medford Over Wastewater Treatment Pollution In Rogue River

Environmentalists and fishermen say algae growth downstream are hurting invertebrates young salmon rely on.

Climate change | Environment | Science | Flora and Fauna | Communities | Land

Study: Wildfires Burn More Severely On Private Timber Plantations Than Public Forests

New research sheds light on what drives fire severity in the Pacific Northwest.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Communities | Water | Agriculture

Significant Drop In Klamath River Flows Leads To Fish Kill

Low water flows on the upper Klamath River have caused the death of hundreds, possibly thousands of fish.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Communities | Water | Agriculture

Judge Upholds Use Of Klamath Water For Salmon Instead Of Early Crop Irrigation

Klamath Basin farmers will likely have to wait several more weeks to start irrigating crops like garlic and onions, while water is held back for salmon.

News | Communities | local | Environment | Energy | Pacific Ocean | Renewable energy

Oregon Wave Energy Testing Project Looks To Feds For Approval

A wave energy test facility off the Oregon coast has entered a new phase of development. 

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | Science | Flora and Fauna | Pacific Ocean | Animals

Researchers ID Whales By Genetic Bread Crumbs Left Behind

Even two hours after they pass, genetic traces from orcas can be detected in the water.

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Agriculture | Environment | Communities

Klamath Farmers Ask Federal Judge To Kickstart Irrigation Season

Federal dam operators are asking to open the irrigation season next week in lieu of holding back water to benefit fish.