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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

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Communities

Southern Oregon Rancher Builds Fences And Bridges To Keep The Wolves At Bay

A rancher is trying something new to keep the wolves away — something never before attempted in Oregon. And he’s doing it with the help of some unlikely partners.

News | Energy | Environment | local | Air | Fish & Wildlife | Communities

Regulators Maintain Jordan Cove Environmental Impacts Are 'Less Than Significant'

Federal regulators release final environmental impact document for the Jordan Cove LNG project.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Water | Animals | local | Pacific Ocean

Feds Propose PNW Habitat Protections For Orcas And Humpback Whales

The designations would require an extra layer of scrutiny for federally permitted projects within the habitat areas.  

News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Animals | Forestry | local

New Fisher Agreements Boost Conservation On 2 Million Acres In Oregon

Five timber companies have agreed to change some logging practices to protect fisher habitat.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Forestry | Politics | local | Communities

5 Questions About The $1.4 Billion County Timber Lawsuit Against Oregon

Oregon counties say they're missing out on millions each year because the state doesn't log public forests like timber companies do on private land.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Renewable energy | Environment | Water | Flora and Fauna | local | Technology

Can Super-Sized Aquarium Bubblers Save Oxygen-Starved Fish In Oregon?

A group from Oregon Institute of Technology is trying to help Upper Klamath Lake suckers by combining renewable energy and technology more commonly seen in an aquarium.

News | local | Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Federal Judge Sets Deadlines For Oregon To Redo River Temperature Guidelines

A federal judge says Oregon must develop new plans to keep the state’s rivers from getting too warm for fish.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Renewable energy | Environment | Water | local | Pacific Ocean | Communities

Oregon Pushes Action Plan As International Attention Shifts To Climate Impacts On Oceans

As climate scientists warn of significant climate change-related changes to the world's ocean, Oregon pushes action on ocean acidification and hypoxia.

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

A Push To Protect Oregon Spring Chinook Salmon Gets A Boost From Genetic Science

Salmon advocates say the genetic diversity is in danger of disappearing as spring chinook numbers continue to fall.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Science | local

Eastern Oregon Minnow Removed From The Endangered Species List

The Foskett speckled dace is the third Oregon fish to be removed from the endangered species list.

News | local | Environment | Water | Energy

Proposed EPA Rules Could Limit State And Tribal Power To Block Infrastructure Projects

Proposed EPA rules would limit state's authority to regulate water quality. That could restrict their ability to block energy projects because of pollution concerns.

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

Environmental Scrutiny Could Be Reduced For Projects On Public Forests

The new rules would streamline the approval process for forest projects that are "essentially similar" to others that have already been analyzed under federal environmental law.

News | Nation | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Animals | Politics | local

Trump's New Rules Threaten Wildlife, Northwest Conservation Groups Contend

Conservationists are accusing the Trump administration of putting the interests of industry ahead of the survival of the country’s most imperiled wild plants and animals.

News | Energy | Environment | Politics | local | Land

Coos Sheriff Acknowledges Monitoring Of Fossil Fuel Project Opponents

Law enforcement in Southwest Oregon have for several years been monitoring the activities of activists fighting the Jordan Cove natural gas infrastructure project.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Animals | Forestry | local

Oregon Judge Dings Wildlife Commission For Changing Direction On Murrelet Protections

A judge in Lane County rules the Fish and Wildlife Commission's vote to deny an endangered species status for the marbled murrelet violated state law.

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Tribe, Fishing Groups Sue Over Klamath River Water Allocations

Yurok Tribe says endangered Klamath River coho salmon still don't have adequate protections and want a new biological opinion from two national agencies.

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Hunt For Answers Shows Oregon Rivers Not Immune To Microplastic Pollution

Two OPB reporters go on a scientific journey to discover how much microplastic pollution has made it to Oregon's most iconic rivers.

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

Jordan Cove LNG Plans Not Good Enough For People Or Environment, Oregon Says

Oregon agencies reviewed the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the proposed LNG export terminal and pipeline in southwest Oregon. 

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

6 New Wolf Pups Caught On Trail Cam In Central Oregon

New trail cam footage shows the pups on the Warm Springs Reservation.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Communities

Protecting Cattle From Wolves Becomes A Community Effort In Southern Oregon

A conservation group has launched a crowd-funding campaign to build a fence around a Jackson County ranch that's been hit hard by wolves.