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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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Recent Articles

local | Water | Communities | Land use | Land | Energy | News | Environment | Renewable energy

Southern Oregon Residents Are Wary About An Energy-Storing Lake

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.

local | Water | Communities | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change | News | Environment

Fisheries Managers Face Mixed Forecast For Northwest Salmon, Concerns Over Endangered Orca

Northwest chinook salmon fisheries may eventually be adjusted to ensure there’s enough fish in the ocean for endangered orcas.

Communities | local | Land use | Environment | News

Timber Industry Challenge To Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Expansion Gets Day In Court

With no word from the Trump administration on the fate of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, an industry lawsuit moves forward.

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

Protections For Devil's Staircase, Other NW Areas Sent To Trump For Signature

Congress gave final approval to a wide-reaching natural resource bill that extends more public lands protections in the Pacific Northwest.

local | Water | Environment | News

February Storms Have Helped, But The PNW Could Still Face Drought

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.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

Oregon Fish Proposed For Removal From Endangered Species List

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.

Communities | local | Climate change | Environment | News

The Future Climate For Western Oregon? California's Central Valley

What town currently feels like what your city will feel like after 60 years of climate change? A new mapping tool answers that question.

local | Water | Agriculture | Communities | Climate change | News | Environment

Recent Winter Storms Don't Fix Western Oregon's Water Woes

Ski areas love the snow, but the water outlook is still not great for western Oregon.

local | Flora and Fauna | Forestry | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change | News | Environment

So Far, Northwest Forest Plan Falling Short Of Biodiversity Goals

Surprising findings raise questions about how Pacific Northwest forests should be managed.

Communities | Land use | Environment | Forestry

State, OSU Move Ahead On Elliott State Forest Transfer Plan

State moves forward with Oregon State University to find new ownership of the Elliott State Forest near the south coast.

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

Jordan Cove LNG Project Entering Important Permitting Stretch

This year will be a big one for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project in southwest Oregon.

local | Politics | Forestry | Climate change | News | Environment

Gov. Kate Brown Announces New Council To Assess Oregon Wildfire Response

The new Oregon Wildfire Response Council will look at the state's efforts surrounding "wildfire education, prevention, suppression, attack, and community recovery."

local | Forestry | Communities | Climate change | News | Environment

Oregon Approves New Air Quality Rules To Allow More Prescribed Fire

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved new smoke rules Thursday that should make it easier to use prescribed burns to lessen overall wildfire risk.

local | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change | News | Environment

Study: Northwest Salmon Not Immune To Ocean Acidification

Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have found that elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the ocean could have a profound effect on salmon. 

Communities | Sustainability | Environment | News

Oregon Recycling Rate Rises Despite China Export Woes

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. 

local | Communities | Economy | Climate change | News | Environment

Wildfire Smoke Continues To Disrupt Southern Oregon Economic Rhythms

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.

local | Land use | Forestry | Communities | Education | Land | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Oregon Moves On Plan To Repurpose The Elliott State Forest For Research

Oregon State University wants to create a world-class research forest near Coos Bay.  Now they need $121 million.

local | Science | Communities | Pacific Ocean | Water | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Scent Research Could Help More Salmon Find Their Way Home

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.

local | Climate change | Environment | Forestry | News

Study: NW Forests Will Weather Climate Change Better Than Others In The West

A new paper predicts substantial vulnerability to drought and wildfire over the next three decades.

Climate change | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Forestry

Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary

 New research finds forest replanting doesn’t necessarily guarantee better tree survival.